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IRB Barcelona collaborates with Amazon on the development of a drug search tool

6 Apr 20




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Several media have reported on the collaboration between IRB Barcelona and Amazon. In this regard, IRB Barcelona’s Structural Bioinformatics and Network Biology Laboratory, headed by ICREA researcher Patrick Aloy, is collaborating with the American giant in the development of a tool based on Chemical Checker technology. This new tool aims to rapidly process the large volume of articles on COVID-19 and extract results that could be relevant in the search for a treatment.

The Structural Bioinformatics and Network Biology Lab is also participating in the European project RiPCoN, devoted to the identification of the human proteins that the virus uses for its expansion. This project seeks to identify drugs (already on the market or in clinical trials) that can modulate the activity of the virus and halt its replication.


Via: Europa Press

Via: El Punt Avui

Vía: La Vanguardia


About IRB Barcelona

Created in 2005 by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia) and University of Barcelona, IRB Barcelona is a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence, a seal that was awarded in 2011. The institute is devoted to conducting research of excellence in biomedicine and to transferring results to clinical practice, thus improving people’s quality of life, while simultaneously promoting the training of outstanding researchers, technology transfer, and public communication of science. Its 27 laboratories and eight core facilities address basic questions in biology and are orientated to diseases such as cancer, metastasis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and rare conditions. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 employees and more than 30 nationalities. It is located in the Barcelona Science Park. IRB Barcelona is a CERCA center, and a member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).