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Our New Publication: Cheminformatics workflows using mobile apps

09 Jan

Today an article authored with Alex Clark and Sean Ekins was released online. The article “Cheminformatics workflows using mobile apps” is free to access here and is one in our recent series of articles regarding how mobile devices are increasing in capability, influence and utility.

I’ve been involved with a number of articles on Mobile in the past year as listed below….the majority of these with Alex and Sean!!!!

A.J. Williams and H. Pence, Smart Phones, a Powerful Tool in the Chemistry Classroom,  J. Chem. Educ. 2011, 88 (6), pp 683–686. Link

Mobilizing Chemistry in the World of Drug Discovery, A.J. Williams, S. Ekins, R. Apodaca, A.Clark and J. Jack, Drug Discovery Today, 16:928-939

Open Drug Discovery Teams: A Chemistry Mobile App for Collaboration, S. Ekins, A.M. Clark, A.J. Williams, Molecular Informatics 31 (8), 585-597, 2012 Link

Redefining Cheminformatics with Intuitive Collaborative Mobile Apps, A.M. Clark, S. Ekins, A.J. Williams, Molecular Informatics 31 (8), 569-584, 2012 Link

Incorporating Green Chemistry Concepts into Mobile Chemistry Applications and Their Potential Uses,  S. Ekins, A.M.Clark and A.J. Williams, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2013, 1 (1), pp 8–13, http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/sc3000509

The abstract for our latest publication is listed below:

“We are perhaps at a turning point for making cheminformatics accessible to scientists that are not computational chemists. The proliferation of mobile devices has seen software or ‘apps’ developed that can be used for sophisticated chemistry applications. These apps can offer capabilities to the practicing chemist that are approaching those of conventional desktop-based software, while still apps tend to be focused on a relatively small range of tasks. Mobile apps that can pull in and integrate public content from many sources relating to molecules and data are also being developed. Apps for drug discovery are already evolving rapidly and are able to communicate with each other to create workflows, as well as perform more complex processes, enabling informatics aspects of drug discovery (i.e. accessing data, modeling and visualization) to be done anywhere by potentially anyone. We will describe how these cheminformatics apps can be used productively and some of the future opportunities that we predict.”

 

About tony

Antony (Tony) J. Williams received his BSc in 1985 from the University of Liverpool (UK) and PhD in 1988 from the University of London (UK). His PhD research interests were in studying the effects of high pressure on molecular motions within lubricant related systems using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. He moved to Ottawa, Canada to work for the National Research Council performing fundamental research on the electron paramagnetic resonance of radicals trapped in single crystals. Following his postdoctoral position he became the NMR Facility Manager for Ottawa University. Tony joined the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York as their NMR Technology Leader. He led the laboratory to develop quality control across multiple spectroscopy labs and helped establish walk-up laboratories providing NMR, LC-MS and other forms of spectroscopy to hundreds of chemists across multiple sites. This included the delivery of spectroscopic data to the desktop, automated processing and his initial interests in computer-assisted structure elucidation (CASE) systems. He also worked with a team to develop the worlds’ first web-based LIMS system, WIMS, capable of allowing chemical structure searching and spectral display. With his developing cheminformatic skills and passion for data management he left corporate America to join a small start-up company working out of Toronto, Canada. He joined ACD/Labs as their NMR Product Manager and various roles, including Chief Science Officer, during his 10 years with the company. His responsibilities included managing over 50 products at one time prior to developing a product management team, managing sales, marketing, technical support and technical services. ACD/Labs was one of Canada’s Fast 50 Tech Companies, and Forbes Fast 500 companies in 2001. His primary passions during his tenure with ACD/Labs was the continued adoption of web-based technologies and developing automated structure verification and elucidation platforms. While at ACD/Labs he suggested the possibility of developing a public resource for chemists attempting to integrate internet available chemical data. He finally pursued this vision with some close friends as a hobby project in the evenings and the result was the ChemSpider database (www.chemspider.com). Even while running out of a basement on hand built servers the website developed a large community following that eventually culminated in the acquisition of the website by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) based in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Tony joined the organization, together with some of the other ChemSpider team, and became their Vice President of Strategic Development. At RSC he continued to develop cheminformatics tools, specifically ChemSpider, and was the technical lead for the chemistry aspects of the Open PHACTS project (http://www.openphacts.org), a project focused on the delivery of open data, open source and open systems to support the pharmaceutical sciences. He was also the technical lead for the UK National Chemical Database Service (http://cds.rsc.org/) and the RSC lead for the PharmaSea project (http://www.pharma-sea.eu/) attempting to identify novel natural products from the ocean. He left RSC in 2015 to become a Computational Chemist in the National Center of Computational Toxicology at the Environmental Protection Agency where he is bringing his skills to bear working with a team on the delivery of a new software architecture for the management and delivery of data, algorithms and visualization tools. The “Chemistry Dashboard” was released on April 1st, no fooling, at https://comptox.epa.gov, and provides access to over 700,000 chemicals, experimental and predicted properties and a developing link network to support the environmental sciences. Tony remains passionate about computer-assisted structure elucidation and verification approaches and continues to publish in this area. He is also passionate about teaching scientists to benefit from the developing array of social networking tools for scientists and is known as the ChemConnector on the networks. Over the years he has had adjunct roles at a number of institutions and presently enjoys working with scientists at both UNC Chapel Hill and NC State University. He is widely published with over 200 papers and book chapters and was the recipient of the Jim Gray Award for eScience in 2012. In 2016 he was awarded the North Carolina ACS Distinguished Speaker Award.

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