CHEMINFORMATICS


Overview

Cheminformatics is a cross between Computer Science and Chemistry: the process of storing and retrieving information about chemical compounds. Information Systems are concerned with storing, retrieving, and searching for information, and with storing relationships between bits of data. cheminformatics is used to improve our understanding of biological functions, develop life-saving drugs, and minimize chemicals’ environmental impact. Cheminformatics specialists search for and retrieve information about physical properties, three-dimensional molecular and crystal structures, spectroscopic signatures, chemical reaction pathways, molecular functional groups and docking sites, and other parameters, some of which require advanced information storage and retrieval technologies.



Scope

Chemistry has already evolved from largely a study of the elements to a study of molecules to currently a study of molecular interactions, especially those involving biological macromolecules – the molecules such as proteins and sugars we humans are made of. This offers an excellent opportunity for chemoinformatics to grow in this new direction. The main focus of recently identified “cyber enabled chemistry” by the US National Science Foundation is on the development of integrated databases, data mining tools, molecular visualization and computational capabilities and the remote and networked use of instrumentation. The scope of this rapidly developing field will certainly continue to expand. It is worth mentioning that there is a new trend of integration of chemoinformatics with bioinformatics. This is because many sectors of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries are interdisciplinary by nature, and major progress and developments in those industries are occurring in both bioinformatics and chemoinformatics side by side. Chemists will become more and more computer dependent, Internet dependent and chemoinformatics dependent. Chemoinformatics through its development in the past half a century, has reached in the present wide acceptance, and will have a bright future.


Future Prospects

Some demand for cheminformatics specialists comes from pharmaceutical companies dealing with a high volume of data. Large companies often outsource their cheminformatics jobs. Many job opportunities exist with companies that specialize in the design of software specifically for computational chemistry, and chemistry databases for efficiency storing and searching chemical structures and for indexing chemical patents, structures, and chemical formulas. Government jobs are available at the national laboratories and various government agencies, including those doing research on toxicology and biomedicine. Additional opportunities are available at universities and research laboratories in other countries, especially in Europe.


Program curriculum

We provide Cheminformatics coursein two levels as Professional Designation for undergraduate students and Advance PG Program for Graduated Students. The details of the courses are as below:




Job opportunities

Job opportunities in industry include companies in the polymer and chemical industries. The demand for cheminformatics specialists comes from pharmaceutical companies dealing with the high volume of data generated by high-throughput laboratory and computational modeling techniques. Some large chemical companies use cheminformatics techniques as well, but they often contract the services of specialists working outside the company. Government jobs are available at the national laboratories and various government agencies, including those doing research on toxicology and biomedicine. Additional opportunities are available at universities and research laboratories in other countries, especially in Europe and India.


Industries Associated with Biotechnology

♦    Accelrys
♦    ACD/Labs (Advanced Chemistry Development, Inc.)
♦    Afferent Systems Inc.
♦    Agilent Technologies
♦    AureusPharma
♦    Barnard Chemical Information Ltd. (John Barnard and Geoff Downs) SEE: digital chemistry
♦    Bio-Rad Laboratories
♦    BioReason
♦    BioSolveIT
♦    BlueObelisk.or