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    Welcome to CSD University (CSDU)

    Welcome to CSD University!

    We are thrilled to introduce you to our new collection of on-demand educational resources: CSD University (CSDU) – or actually, to the first module of this collection. In this blog you will learn more about the CSDU idea, format (which includes a completion certificate), and the first module, Visualisation 101.

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    CSD in action: Using machine learning to predict the crystalline properties of molecular compounds without their crystal structures

    Here we highlight a paper by scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory using the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) to train models to predict the densities of molecules from chemical structure alone. This is part of our series highlighting examples of​​ the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) tools in action by scientists around the world.

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    Getting the most from CSD-Materials

    I’m a Research and Applications Scientist on the Materials Science team at CCDC. In this short blog and accompanying video, I walk through how to make the most of your CSD-Enterprise licence using the tools in CSD-Materials. In the first half of the video, I focus on the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD), highlighting its integrations with other databases and how to best use it for geometric analysis. In the second half of the video, I discuss applications of the CSD-Materials software, demonstrating how the different tools within the suite can help with pharmaceutical risk analysis.

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    Learnings from our Discovery Science Conference: High-performance data meets high-performance computing

    We recently hosted our 2021 Discovery Science Conference: High-performance data meets high-performance computing. Over the course of the two-day event, leading researchers discussed how drug discovery continues to evolve – with data-driven approaches answering more questions than ever about novel and improved active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). Here are some of our key takeaways.

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    CSD-Materials in action: Designing novel salts and cocrystals of the nonbiocidal pesticide pymetrozine (PMZ)

    Here we highlight a paper by researchers at Tianjin University using the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) and CSD-Materials to identify coformers to prevent the hydrate conversion of the pesticide pymetrozine (PMZ). This is part of our series highlighting examples of​​ the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) tools in action by scientists around the world.

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    Getting the most from your academic CSD licence

    Are you the campus CSD-Enterprise licence owner? Do you want to know more about how the CSD academic licence works? Then this overview of academic licencing and tools is for you. I’m a user support scientist. In this short blog and accompanying video, I walk through how to activate and use your CSD licence and how to assist individual users with their activations. In the second half, I cover training and support opportunities – including tutorials available within the tools and those available online – to help you advance your institution's structural science.

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    CSD-CrossMiner in action: Identifying a target protein for new pharmaceuticals via scaffold search

    Here we highlight a recent paper in which CSD-CrossMiner was used to find potential target protein(s) for newly synthesized spirobarbituric scaffolds. Such compounds have promising biomedical applications as anticonvulsants, anti-AIDS agents and anti-inflammatory remedies.

    This is part of our series highlighting examples of​​ the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) tools in action by scientists around the world.

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    CSP Blind Test Structure Reveal-Target XXXI

    Here we reveal the 2D chemical structure of target compound XXXI, some surprising facts about agrochemicals, and how this Blind Test challenge tests CSP methods.

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    May 2021 Data update

    We are pleased to announce the May 2021 data update of the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) is now available!  This data update brings you 17,004 new organic and metal-organic experimentally determined structures (17,651 new entries) and increases the total size of the CSD to over 1,113,000 structures (1,135,000 entries).

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    Successful use of data in drug discovery

    At our upcoming virtual Discovery Science meeting, we’ll hear from speakers on the theme: High-performance data meets high-performance computing. We’re increasingly seeing from the literature and our user community that combining quality data with computing power is changing drug discovery approaches. Here I want to share some examples of this theme.

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