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Uncovering the power of In Silico Drug Design

In silico drug design has emerged as a cornerstone of modern pharmaceutical research, leveraging computational power to revolutionize the drug discovery process. This method finds and optimizes drug candidates with unmatched efficiency by combining cheminformatics, bioinformatics, and molecular modeling. The potential of in silico technologies to significantly cut down on the time and expense of traditional drug discovery, which sometimes entails intensive laboratory work and protracted clinical trials, makes them significant. Researchers can forecast pharmacokinetics, toxicity, and effectiveness at an early stage of the development process by modeling the interactions between drug molecules and biological targets. The route from bench to bedside is eventually sped up by this proactive information, which facilitates more informed decision-making.

The sophisticated techniques and tools used in in silico drug design nowadays are diverse. One important tool for predicting small compounds' potential for therapeutic use is molecular docking, which forecasts how these molecules might connect to a target protein. Chemical structure and biological activity are correlated using Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR) modeling, which directs lead compound optimization. Pharmacophore modeling pinpoints the critical elements needed for a biological target's molecules to be recognized. Notable programmes utilized in these pursuits are Auto Dock, Schrodinger, and MOE (Molecular Operating Environment), each of which has special powers for modeling molecular dynamics and interactions. These resources enable researchers to virtually screen enormous chemical libraries, greatly increasing the effectiveness and success rate of drug development projects. They are best utilized in conjunction with extensive databases such as PubChem and Drug Bank.

About the Researcher - Dr. Hemant Badwaik

Dr. Hemant Badwaik is presently working as a Director in Shri Shankaracharya Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, India. He has 16 years of teaching experience to undergraduate and post graduate level in Pharmaceutical Analysis, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and other related subjects. Dr. Badwaik has more than60 scientific publications with 8 patents in his credit. He has also written 11 Text book and 13 book chapters. His research interests were synthesis and screening (in silico and pharmacological) of novel organic molecules, modification of natural polymers by conventional and microwave assisted techniques and Drug Delivery. Dr. Hemant Badwaik is Editorial Board Member of Combinatorial Chemistry and High Throughput Screening (Bentham Science). Dr. Hemant Badwaik is also a recipient of the Young Scientist Award in 15th Chhattisgarh Young Scientist Congress 2017 in Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Dr. Hemant Badwaik
Shri Shankaracharya Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research

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