The aim of the pharmaceutical section is to enable researchers in the life sciences to access crucial information for biological research, mainly within the realm of Drug Target Identification and Validation. Grid will allow researchers to access not only locally available information (e.g. on a server within a pharmaceutical or biotech company), but also data from external, remote sites. In addition, Grid will accelerate the speed by which analyses is carried out, through the distribution of compute intensive tasks over multiple servers (such as local sequence alignments like BLAST, or multiple genome comparisons).

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Issues addressed by the SIMDAT Pharma Activity:

Finally, keeping databases up to date and synchronized over multiple sites is a crucial task, to ensure that search results are identical over time and independent of geographical locations. In this respect, quality assurance plays a key role in a Grid approach for the pharmaceutical industry.