[BiO BB] Collaboration Pool Formation, Virtual Organisations, ICT Support

Barry Hardy barry.hardy at vtxmail.ch
Fri Feb 12 15:48:58 EST 2010

We are establishing Collaboration Pools of individuals and organisations 
who have an interest in collaborating together in areas of drug 
discovery or life science innovation. For example, a selection of Pool 
members could participate in a collaborative research project, develop a 
funding proposal or response to a call opportunity together, or develop 
an innovation or best practice.

To join the eCheminfo Collaboration Pool in drug design and discovery, 
please complete the short form located at

To join the InnovationWell Collaboration Pool in life science innovation 
please complete the short form located at

During April - October 2010 we will be running two pilots which will 
create two virtual organisations (VOs) of research partners who will 
collaborate on projects in drug design and predictive toxicology:

a) Drug Design project will examine the application of a variety of 
leading modelling and design approaches to novel target kinases, to 
experimentally test predictions, and to initiate a best practices 
virtual screening resource.

b) Predictive Toxicology project will apply a combination of in silico 
and in vitro approaches to predict in vivo toxicity including exposure.

Both VOs will be supported by a variety of leading modelling and design 
software, informatics infrastructure, and collaborative content 
management and electronic lab notebook systems.

The VOs will be created from partners from the Collaboration Pools, who 
will bring contributing knowledge, computational or experimental 
capabilities to the partnership for the duration of the projects.

We are also currently seeking Expressions of Interest in the ICT support 
role for the pilots which should be submitted by 17.00 CET, 19 February 
2010 through the following form:

The ICT support role will support the informatics requirements of the 
researchers in organising, processing and sharing data, and in 
collaborative analysis and decision making.

The VOs will also be supported by knowledge-oriented collaboration 
services developed under the FP7 Synergy research project, including a 
reactive complex event driven engine, collaboration moderator, 
collaboration pattern services and partner knowledge base. Summary on 
Synergy project: 

The Predictive Toxicology VO will be supported by distributed 
REST-driven web services for data management, model building, validation 
and reporting, developed under the OpenTox Framework 

best regards
Barry Hardy PhD
Director, Community of Practice & Research Activities
and OpenTox Project Coordinator (www.opentox.org)
Douglas Connect

Tel: +41 61 851 0170
Email: barry.hardy -(at)- douglasconnect.com

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