ZINC 15 - Ligand Discovery for Everyone

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 17:30
TH 331
John J. Irwin (UCSF)

Many questions about the biological activity and availability of small molecules remain inaccessible to investigators who could most benefit from their answers. To narrow the gap between chemoinformatics and biology, we have developed a suite of ligand annotation, purchasability, target and biology association tools, incorporated into ZINC and meant for investigators who are not computer specialists. The new version contains over 120 million purchasable “drug-like” compounds – effectively all organic molecules that are for sale - a quarter of which are available for immediate delivery. ZINC connects purchasable compounds to high-value ones such as metabolites, drugs, natural products and annotated compounds from the literature. Compounds may be accessed by the genes they are annotated for, as well as the major and minor target classes to which those genes belong. It offers new analysis tools that are easy for non-specialists yet with few limitations for experts. ZINC retains its original 3D roots – all molecules are available in biologically relevant, ready-to-dock formats. ZINC is freely available at zinc15.docking.org.


John received his Ph.D. for work with Jack Dunitz in chemical crystallography in 1991 at ETH Zurich. He worked at a startup molecular modeling company before joining Gerard Bricogne's group at the Medical Research Council's Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge UK, developing software for new macromolecular crystallographic structure solution and refinement methods (BUSTER and SHARP). He spent a year and a half as a staff scientist at EMBL-EBI also in Cambridge working on the PDB cleanup project before moving to Northwestern University Medical School in 2000. He has been working on DOCK, ZINC, and SEA since 2000.