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Enterprise Linux Today: Linux NetworX Cluster Aids BioCryst in Developing Innovative Treatments

Oct 10, 2001, 14:50 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Linux NetworX, a provider of powerful and easy-to-manage cluster computing solutions, announced today that BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is now using a Linux NetworX Evolocity cluster to aid in creating pharmaceuticals for the treatment of human disease and illness such as influenza and hepatitis C.

Implementing an innovative drug discovery approach, scientists at BioCryst create synthetic small-molecule inhibitors, atom by atom, to bind with specific disease-causing proteins or targets. By identifying the target protein in advance and by discovering the chemical and molecular structure of the protein, scientists believe it is possible to design a more optimal drug to interact with the protein.

"The Evolocity system from Linux NetworX speeds the rate at which BioCryst scientists are able to design and develop comprehensive compound libraries and databases of potential targets for their drug discovery efforts," said Shane Hiett, director of information technology for BioCryst. "Not only does the Linux NetworX cluster technology fit our needs, but the ClusterWorX® management software helps us gain control of cluster administration and ensure cluster health."

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