Ant’s Rants are moving

Please update your RSS feeder to follow this blog at it’s new location: Craig BruceI swapped Manchester for Santa Fe, or my umbrella for sun screen to join OpenEye in 2012. My primary focus is exploring how we can utilize cloud technologies with our software suite. Outside of work I enjoy hiking, cycling and skiing.More… Read More »

Dave Weininger’s passing

I stopped writing blogs after my last one, the one where I pointed out that some in the MD world aren’t paying close attention to the scientific principles of test and verification, mainly because there was so much resultant negativity. Of course, that’s nothing new in my career! But at OpenEye we’d started in earnest… Read More »

CD and MD

When the recent Nobel Prize for Chemistry was announced, going to Karplus, Levitt and Warshel I assumed it must have been for “Services to Molecular Dynamics”. As such, I joined the debate on Derek Lowe’s “In The Pipeline” on whether the field had earned such recognition: It turned out, of course, that the Swedes had QM/MM in… Read More »

A Different Conference

As many of you know, I’m organizing the 2013 CADD Gordon conference (July 21st to 25th, Mount Snow, Vermont). A Gordon conference is rare opportunity to actually “confer”, and there’s a lot to talk about! The subject will be the use of statistics in molecular modeling. Not molecular modeling. The statistics of molecular modeling. Not… Read More »

On the Passing of Andrew Grant

Of the many reasons to restart my blog I expected least the death of a friend. As many of you know, Andrew Grant of AstraZeneca and long-time OpenEye collaborator, passed away on the 29th of December. His death was a total surprise to all who knew Andy: he was fit, ate well and was seldom… Read More »

Curing Pharma: (1) Avoiding Hype-based Science

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Jacques Tati’s masterful 1967 work Play Time, which describes an antiseptic, colorless and angular world of the future, a bleak world that only relents when the characters get together for a drink. It’s always been one of my favorite films, and it occurred to me recently that it can… Read More »

What Is Really Killing Pharma

Sometimes it’s frustrating being in the business of servicing an industry so manifestly important and so manifestly stupid. I started OpenEye to help those I had come to know in pharma do a better job, enjoy their work more, and further the science of drug discovery. And I think we’ve done okay: shape has become… Read More »

The Bayh-Dole Act

In my last post, I ranted on about the problems surrounding contributions by academics to molecular modeling, and cited as a particular issue the Bayh-Dole Act (BD), which enabled and encouraged academic institutions to patent the intellectual property arising from government funded research. Lo and behold, the December 9 issue of Nature features a couple… Read More »

The Rant Goes On…

In August, I gave a talk at the Boston ACS meeting about the contribution of academics to molecular modeling. Okay, their lack of contribution to molecular modeling. I might even have had a slide that read, “If all academic research into modeling disappeared tomorrow, it would make no difference… to the drug discovery industry. Discuss.” How could… Read More »

Ant’s Rant – The First of Many

There’s been a lot of hot air blowing around lately about Bill Gates’s decision to invest $10M in our friends at Schrodinger. Some have even suggested that this might mean a return to the heady days of the ’80s when the belief that computation was about to make drug design “rational” was in the air.… Read More »