Northeastern Professor Creates Software to Make Drug Development Easier

Professor Paul Whitford of Northeastern University, a NEC member, has created a software program that can help provide better data for drug developers.

Whiteford and a team of graduate students have spent the last four years creating Smog, a free software program that simulates the creation of ribosomes.  Ribosomes are the part of a cell that produce proteins that communicate signals, which are critical to understanding how a drug would work. Before Smog, drug developers would have to create a whole new ribosome simulation for each new test. Now, developers can save time by inputting different sets of data into the same simulation. “It would take at least a year for each (researcher) to get their infrastructure working,” Whitford said. “You’re looking at hundreds of manpower years.” The team at Northeastern received a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation for the project.

The New England Council congratulates Whitman and Northeastern for helping to advance and innovate drug development. Read more in the Boston Business Journal and read more about the team at Northeastern University.

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