IBM, Universidad de Antioquía join forces for scientific research

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

IBM's (NYSE: IBM) Colombia unit and Universidad de Antioquía's tropical disease study and control program, Pecet, are conducting a joint research project, Drug Search for Leishmaniasis, using computer power from IBM's World Community Grid, IBM said in a statement.

World Community Grid pools and uses the idle computing power of volunteers' personal computers around the world to help accelerate scientific research for humanitarian purposes.

IBM will provide World Community Grid's computational power for free, so that Universidad de Antioquía can predict potential inhibitors or drugs that will control this disease.

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Additionally, IBM will donate the server and software licenses to support the project.

IBM's World Community Grid will enable the screening of 600,000 potential chemical compounds stored in a public drug database, to search for prospective candidates for treatment against 5,300 Leishmania proteins.

"Conducting this same project in a local cluster would take more or less 70-100 years. With World Community Grid, it will be completed in a maximum of two years," said Carlos Muskus, coordinator of molecular and computational biology at Pecet and the project's leader.

The World Community Grid currently includes more than 548,310 users and 1.7mn devices in 88 countries, including Colombia.