NEW YORK, March 25 - The UK's LINK Applied Genomics Programme has awarded Inpharmatica and the University College London £500,000, or about $714,000, to create and maintain a 3D database of enzyme functional sites.
LINK is a UK government creation to "[promote] partnership in pre-competitive research" between industry and academia. The program in applied genomics itself is funded by the nation's Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council, the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Medical Research Council.
The grant will fund four post docs, two each at Inpharmatica and UCL, for three years. The UCL's efforts will be led by Janet Thornton, a professor who also happens to be the director of the European Bioinformatics Institute.
The Inpharmatica/UCL project, called Capturing Protein Functional Information from Structural Data: 3D Templates and Genome Annotation, will seek to collect genomic data and create an automated protein-site atlas of enzyme functional sites.
Mark Swindells, CSO of Inpharmatica, said that the partnership will first concentrate on enzyme sites but will move to other family-based structural data.