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Issue 128 February/March 2013 CONTENTS


Laboratory Informatics News and products


All part of the service


Contract research organisations (CROs) demand sophisticated informatics systems, as Beth Harlen discovers


Pittcon preview As Pittcon celebrates more than 60 years, we present a round-up of the exhibitors


Statistical Science Statistical software reviews The joy of text


Felix Grant investigates the complexities of textual analysis


High-Performance Computing News and products


The processing challenge


John Barr weighs up the contenders in the battle for processor dominance


The power behind pharmaceuticals


Industry experts discuss the use of HPC in drug discovery


Modelling and Engineering News and products


Body of evidence


Beth Harlen reports on how modelling and simulation tools are changing the face of medical research


Speed, integration and interactivity


Siân Harris finds out about some of the developments within pharmaceutical modelling


Resources Suppliers’ directory


Inside view


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Making a discovery


Tere is one clear theme running throughout this issue of Scientific Computing World, as we turn our attention to the field of drug discovery – and what a complex field it is. As pharmaceutical companies continue the outsourcing of their R&D efforts, contract research organisations (CROs) are playing an increasingly critical role in the drug development pipeline. As such, they need top-notch informatics solutions that ensure the efficiency, quality and traceability of the data being produced. More details can be found on page 6. Although relatively new within the


pharmaceutical industry, the use of HPC is already having a considerable impact (p.28), and Siân Harris reports on how the latest molecular modelling techniques are further speeding the process (p.34). Rounding off this issue, we present a preview of Pittcon (p.12), John Barr's insight into the battle between Nvidia and Intel for processor dominance (p.24), Felix Grant's investigation into textual analysis (p.18) and my feature on biomedical modelling (p.32).


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