What are the biggest scientific hurdles that the pharmaceutical industry is looking to solve with informatics? The short list may surprise you.

According to attendees of the inaugural meeting of Accelrys’ newly launched science council — which includes representatives from a baker’s dozen of the software company’s largest pharma customers — five topics stand out as the prize problems: ADME/tox prediction; ligand/protein docking; integrating clinical data into discovery research; workflow automation; and software-enabled medicinal chemistry.

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