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University of Chicago receives $10 million in computer software from BIOSYM/Molecular Simulations

The University of Chicago will receive $10 million in computer software from San Diego-based BIOSYM/Molecular Simulations under a cooperative research and development agreement. University scientists will use the software for computer-aided molecular modeling and simulation, and they will work with BIOSYM/Molecular Simulations employees to explore ways in which these tools can be used to enhance research and development, technology infrastructure, curriculum design, networking, training and new forms of imaging, including virtual reality.

University of Chicago scientists are making important contributions in molecular modeling and materials research in fields ranging from molecular biology and cancer research to chemistry, geophysics and materials science. “This collaborative agreement will give faculty members at Chicago access to a broad range of new information technology tools,” said Adam Bernstein, Academic Manager for BIOSYM/Molecular Simulations.

The University will be a center for molecular research next year when the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory is fully activated. Argonne is operated by the University of Chicago for the Department of Energy. The APS is a $480 million synchrotron that will produce brilliant X-ray beams–10,000 times brighter than current sources–for research in materials science, condensed matter physics, chemistry, biology and medicine. Researchers will use the APS to determine the basic structure of biological macromolecules and other materials more easily than ever before. The BIOSYM/Molecular Simulations software will give the researchers the tools they need to analyze and work with the important data that will come from the APS.

“These tools will help ensure the University stays at the forefront of technology-based molecular research and instruction,” said Joel Mambretti, Director of Academic Computing Services, Networking Services & Information Technology at Chicago.

BIOSYM/Molecular Simulations develops and markets Computer-Aided Molecular Science (CAMS) applications software to researchers in academia, industry and government laboratories worldwide. CAMS software combines scientific principles with advanced computer-based techniques to reduce the time needed to discover new chemical compounds in the life and materials sciences.

The company currently has over 3,500 installations at companies and institutions involved in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food, agrochemical, petroleum, chemical and materials engineering fields. The mission of the company is to expand the application of CAMS through continued development of software products and services that can be used throughout the chemical and biological research and development cycle–including the research, design, synthesis, isolation, analysis, testing, formulation and process phases. BIOSYM/Molecular Simulations is headquartered in San Diego and has 13 field offices in North America, Europe and Asia.
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