The Drug Discovery Hackathon 2020 (DDH2020) welcomes all those who wish to join the open-source drug discovery Hackathon against Covid-19. DDH2020 is a joint initiative of AICTE, CSIR, and supported by the Office of Principal Scientific Advisor, Govt. of India, NIC, and MyGov.
DDH2020 vision and mission are to establish the ‘Open innovation Model’ for in silico drug discovery against the Covid-19 virus and will cover the various processes in drug discovery, including but not limited to, in silico screening of molecules, lead optimization and identification of drug-able non-toxic targets.
Identification of drug candidates that are effective against coronavirus SARS-CoV-2- by employing a hackathon for in-silico drug discovery, followed up by chemical synthesis and biological testing.
The number of prizes and prize money will be separate for each phase. The amount of prize money will increase substantially from Phase-1 to Phase-2 to Phase-III. The potential SARS-CoV-2 ‘hit/ lead’ compounds identified may be tested in the lab and taken further for clinical development and by CSIR and other interested organizations.
The hackathon will have two major tracks:
- Track 1 will primarily deal with drug design for anti-COVID-19 hit/ lead molecule generation using tools such as molecular modeling, pharmacophore optimization, molecular docking, hit/ lead optimization, etc.
- Track 2 will deal with designing/optimizing new tools and algorithms which will have an immense impact on expediting the process of in silico drug discovery. Novel or refined tools/algorithms from Track-2 will help develop better models for predicting ADMET in silico, thus improving screening efficiency.
- The hackathon is an international initiative and all researchers/faculty across the world are eligible to participate.
- All students studying in India and all Indian students (holding Indian Passport) studying abroad are eligible to participate in this competition.
The participation in Hackathon is free for all and will be done via a web-based portal. The individuals or teams participating in the Hackathons can select from several challenges that are already posted on the portal. This will allow a comprehensive list of specific issues that need to be addressed.
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