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    CSD-Materials in action - reducing risk in solid form selection of APIs

    Here we summarise a publication from our collaboration with Pfizer, which demonstrates the use of the healthcheck methodology to reduce risk and select the most stable form across three different APIs.

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    CSD-CrossMiner in action: exploring molecular scaffolds for a synthesized MCR library

    Here we summarise a recent paper in which CSD-CrossMiner was used to explore further alternate scaffolds of a synthesized library of drug-like compounds based on a little explored multicomponent reaction (MCR).

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    CSD in action: analysis of the metastable polymorph of Loratadine

    Here we spotlight a recent publication which shows how CSD data supported a team from Novartis and NanoMEGA to analyse a metastable form of the antihistamine drug Loratadine. Part of our series highlighting examples of our data and software in use around the world.

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    CSD in action: Novel factor VIIa inhibitors via fragment based screening

    Here we highlight one paper which used fragment based screening to identify new inhibitors with improved pharmacokinetic properties. Part of our series highlighting examples of CCDC tools in action by scientists around the world.

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    GOLD in action: Virtual screening to repurpose drugs for COVID-19

    Here we highlight a paper which used virtual screening to identify drugs which could be repurposed to inhibit SARS-CoV-2 MPro (COVID-19). Part of our series highlighting examples of CCDC tools in action by scientists around the world.

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    CSD in action: data mining to find hydrate-anhydrate structure pairs

    Here we highlight a paper which employed SMILES to mine the Cambridge Structural Database to identify hydrate-anhydrate pairs. Part of our series highlighting examples of CCDC tools in action by scientists around the world.

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    Getting started with Full Interaction Maps

    Our collection of educational resources has been growing throughout 2020, welcoming new How to videos (on our YouTube and LabTube channels), new self-guided workshops and updates to our existing material. We also added a feedback survey for you to fill in at the end of each workshop to let us know how we are doing and how we can improve.

    This month we include in our collections 2 new resources, both about Full Interaction Maps (FIMs, for short): an educational video and a self-guided workshop. With now 2 videos and 3 workshops on the topic, it seems the right time to write a blog about Full Interaction Maps and walking you through the available material: from learning about FIMs, to the first steps to use it, to exploiting its potential in your research.

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    UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2021

    For this year's #WomenInScience day we celebrate all the amazing women who have made great science happen with the CCDC over the past year.

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    Celebrating the 1.1 millionth structure

    Last week, the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) has passed a total of 1,100,000 unique crystal structures within the database, marking the first milestone on the way to 2,000,000 structures! It wasn’t too long ago we were celebrating reaching 1 million structures (just 20 months!) and despite a year of global challenges and difficulties we are excited to start 2021 with this new achievement. A massive thank you to everyone who has contributed, not only to this feat, but to the continual growth of the CSD.

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    CSD-Educators: Marielle Agbahoungbata from X-TechLab in Benin

    For this CSD Educators blog it is my pleasure to welcome Marielle Agbahoungbata and to highlight the work she has done with her colleagues to help establish the X-TechLab in Benin. Marielle gained her PhD in inorganic chemistry and since 2014 has been involved in developing a network of crystallographers in Africa. Marielle is the coordinator of the X-TechLab in Benin which aims to provide hands-on training in X-ray techniques in order to provide African scientists with the means to develop solutions for the sustainable development of the continent. The first training session that X-TechLab team organised was held in May 2019 and I was lucky enough to join the second session in Benin in November 2019. That session saw a classroom full of participants from Benin and across Africa learn about X-ray diffraction. During the sessions on the Cambridge Structural Database the students were engaged and eager to learn and I felt privileged to be a part of it.  A few months ago, the CCDC participated in our second X-TechLab training sessions, this time remotely. Again, it was fantastic to see how engaged the students were. In this blog Marielle will tell us more about the X-TechLab and how the team is striving to disseminate science and bridge scientific and entrepreneurship communities through the initiative.


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