|UII Develops Computer-Aided Drug Design|
|Thursday, 19 July 2012|
Generally, In silico methods is used for drug discovery process that the reactions of drugs can be simulated using computational tools to get answers on efficacy with lower cost. Master of Informatics UII in collaboration with Pharmacy Department and Chemistry Department is working seriously creating drug design tool.
The Computer-Aided Drug Design software is design to sweep at least 2 or 3 stages in drug design. This statement was revealed by UII Informatics lecturer Zainuddin Zukhri, ST, M.IT accompanied by Arwan Ahmad Khoiruddin, S.Kom., M.Cs. and M. Hatta Prabowo, S.F., M.Si at pre-publication research release on Computer-Aided Drug Design that was organized by Informatics Graduate Program, Faculty of Industrial Technology (FTI), on Thursday (7/19).
Currently, Spartan 10 software is widely used as computational chemistry application. However, large computation and hardware resources become an obstacle to learning. Therefore, his sides are doing effort to develop similar software that has many advantages such as faster computing, easy interface and interactive visualization.
Zainuddin Zukhri, ST expected this software can predict drug safety in drug discovery. Meanwhile, Head of Pharmacy Department UII, M. Hatta Prabowo, SF, M.Si said that the results of this research are intended to promote pharmaceutical industry in Indonesia in discovery and developing drugs. In the other hand, pharmaceutical industries in our country are still relying on imported raw materials. According to him, Indonesia still imports approximately 90% of the pharmaceutical raw materials from China and India. By applying drug design technology, drug discovery and development can be executed without relying on imported raw materials.