DNASTAR Awarded Structural Biology Software SBIR Grant
MADISON, Wisconsin – June 10, 2014 – DNASTAR® announced that it received a Phase I SBIR grant award from the National Institutes of Health entitled, “Accurate Accessible Cloud Software for Protein Folding for Molecular Biologists”. This is the first phase of a “fast-track” grant award to perform work in the next two and one-half years to dramatically enhance DNASTAR’s NovaFold® protein structure prediction software.
Dr. Steve Darnell, the Principal Investigator for the project, said, “In this project, we will incorporate protein motion with protein structure prediction, which will be a novel combination of powerful capabilities. Soon, biologists from all disciplines will be able to advance their biological research using predicted structures that are more accurate than those created using traditional homology modeling. We recently licensed the world-leading I-TASSER structure prediction algorithm from the University of Michigan and incorporated that program into an easy-to-use, cloud-based workflow accessible through Protean 3D, DNASTAR’s molecular visualization software product. The work we will now undertake is the natural next step in structure prediction, which will support customers in pharma, biotech, and academia by improving both accuracy and speed.”
Tom Schwei, Vice President and General Manager of DNASTAR, commented, “We are very pleased to receive this grant award. This funding will help us continue to diversify our product line from genetics and genomics, which have been the core of our business for the past 30 years, into more protein-focused domains, which are critical to enhancing biologists’ understanding of a wide range of organisms and internal biological mechanisms. We look forward to completing this project and offering a dramatically enhanced product to the market in the very near future.”
DNASTAR, Inc., Madison, Wisconsin, is a pioneer in the development and sale of software used to increase life scientists’ productivity using their desktop computer or on the Amazon Cloud. DNASTAR’s comprehensive software suite, Lasergene, supports molecular biologists, geneticists, and structural biologists in meeting virtually all of their DNA, RNA, and protein sequence needs, including Sanger and next-generation sequence assembly and analysis, protein sequence and structure analysis, and protein structure prediction with easy to use, affordable, flexible computer software.
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Research discussed in this press release will be supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R44GM110814. The content is solely the responsibility of DNASTAR and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.