I've noticed that most companies in the start-up to small company range don't have in house computational chemistry or a laboratory informatics system. The former is somewhat understandable. The latter is inexcusable.
I understand that a company which has one or two projects which may or may not have structural data, and they look at the cost of licensing modeling software and hiring a full-time computational chemist and they decide they just can't afford it. The correctly assume that there isn't enough work to keep the computational chemist busy all the time and decide to do without.
That problem is easily solved by hiring a consultant with their own software. A virtual screening campaign, development of binding models, pharmacophore or QSAR models aren't that time consuming and usually can be performed be a consultant in short order with the cost being a fraction of what establishing in-house capacity would cost. Take a moment to browse our site and read about how cost effective molecular modeling support can be.
If you are running a company of any size with out an informatic system, using flat files and Excel spreadsheets, to manage your data, you are having difficulty searching it. I guarantee it. Also you are one sort, or file system error from losing everything. We can show you why your current system is problematic and recommend and install solutions to fit your budget. Contact us
Adam Kallel Ph. D.
Our CSO sounds off about drug discovery, computational chemistry and history