PhD Position Marie Skłodowska-Curie
Funded PhD Position with Academic & Industry Training Marie Skłodowska-Curie H2020 Innovative Training Networks ProtoQSAR SL Ref. No. PQS-TOXIFATE-GA955830 Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full time, fixed term position as Early-Stage Researcher/PhD student (ESR) with ProtoQSAR company in Valencia (Spain) in collaboration with the National University of Ireland Galway. The position, […]
Welcome to our first newsletter! We are pleased to present the first issue of ProtoQSAR’s newsletter, a quarterly mail with the latest updates and relevant news about our company! In this first newsletter, we talk about the new online tool we’ve just released: ProtoICH, a web tool for predicting the mutagenicity of chemical compounds by using […]
Perfil de interés Persona especializada en área química-salud que quiera iniciarse en labores de desarrollo de negocio y comerciales (Business Development). Estudios en Farmacia, Biotecnología, Química, o similares, preferentemente con orientación al área de la salud. Interés por el desarrollo de negocio y/o acción comercial. Idiomas: español e inglés, nativo o alto nivel (oral y […]
We are looking for an experienced Physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeler post-doctoral researcher to join ProtoQSAR in a 3-year Torres Quevedo contract. The aim of the candidate will be to develop computational PBPK predictive models for bioactive compounds, mainly drugs. ProtoQSAR–MolDrug is specialized in the design, optimization, valorization, and development of new compounds (small molecules, peptides, […]
What characteristics should a QSAR model have from a regulatory point of view? A case of the ICH regulation. As we saw in our previous post about what QSAR models are and how are they created, the REACH (chemical products) and ICH (drug) legislations not only accept, but also promote the use of alternative methods […]
What statistical techniques do QSAR models use? As we have seen in the previous entries, QSAR models allow predicting properties or activities of molecules, and are obtained from the analysis of molecular descriptors with statistical and/ or machine learning techniques. QSAR models can be used qualitatively to classify a substance, for example as a skin […]
What are molecular descriptors? In order to generate QSAR models, it is necessary to codify in some way the characteristics of the molecules, in order to have the most detailed possible description of these. In other words, it is necessary to translate the molecular structures into numerical values that can be easily understood by computer […]
QSAR models, what are they and how are they created? The QSAR models, acronym for Quantitative Structure Activity Relationships, are based on one of the most used techniques in the field of chemoinformatics, as we saw in the previous entry. In this post we will help you to understand better how to obtain these models […]
What computational methods can we use to predict properties of substances? In the previous blog entry, we talked about chemoinformatics within the so-called alternative methods. However, what computational methods can we use to predict a toxicological or physicochemical property of a substance, according to current regulations? How do we decide which one to use? In […]
What is chemoinformatics?
What is chemoinformatics? The health and environmental effects of chemicals are increasingly relevant to the general public, regulatory agencies, academia, and industry. Thanks to the evolution of computational techniques, we have powerful tools for data management and complex mathematical calculations. In this context, chemoinformatics, one of the most relevant fields in the New Approach Methodologies, […]
What are alternative methods to animal testing? According to the recent estimates, in the European Union alone, approximately ten million vertebrate animals are slaughtered for different experimental purposes (i.e., scientific, toxicological, regulatory, etc.). This is so because the efficacy of many chemical substances – e.g., pharmaceuticals, pesticides, food excipients, cosmetics, etc.- has traditionally been determined through the use […]
ProtoQSAR at “El Premi”
ProtoQSAR at “El Premi” 📺 Last week we were on Tv! 📺 Last week the ProtoQSAR Team participated in “El Premi” a tv program on regional channel À punt. They visited us in our office at CEEI Valencia (Centro Europeo de Empresas Innovadoras de Valencia) and we had the opportunity to talk about our work and projects […]
Projects funded by the AVI
The Agència Valenciana de la Innovació (AVI) has renewed the financing of two of our projects “Prediction of drug-induced liver damage using QSAR methods” developed by Dr. Eva Serrano Candelas, through the line “Inncorporació” and “Identification of new bioactive compounds generated by intestinal bacteria” developed by our PhD student Laureano E. Carpio. Moreover, Rita Ortega […]
PhD Position with Academic & Industry Training
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full time, fixed term position as PhD student with the company ProtoQSAR and in collaboration with the University of Valencia (Spain). The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a maximum period of three years (regular full-time employment contract). The candidate will be hired by ProtoQSAR and develop the doctoral thesis in the University of Valencia.
We were in the JRC Summer School
Sergi Gómez and Elizabeth Goya have presented their work at the summer school “Non-animal approaches in Science: challenges & future directions”.
Final workshop NanoDESK project
Last May, the event that closed the NanoDESK project took place in Valencia.
ProtoQSAR at the IX REMA Conference
Our colleague Dr. Josefa Tolosa has presented the seminar “Computational alternatives to animal experimentation: regulatory considerations”.
New EU project granted
The European Commission is going to finance another project developed by our company, entitled “Computational ‘eco-toxicity’ assessment of pharmaceutical and cosmetics materials, an approach towards a green and sustainable environment”.
ProtoQSAR receives the seal EIBT
Both the President and Managing Director of the Center for Innovative Enterprises of Valencia (CEEI), Mr. Raúl Royo and Mr. Jesús Casanova respectively, have awarded our Director with the label EIBT granted by the National Association of European Business Centres and Innovation (ANCES).
MICINN finances our projects
The Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities has granted funding to ProtoQSAR for the development of two projects through two different aid lines.
Obtention “Innovative SME” label
The Directorate-General (DG) for Research, Development and Innovation (depending on the power of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities) has granted to ProtoQSAR on November 14th 2018 the renewal of inscription in the Register of innovative SME.
Participation in the workshop of the LIFE-COMBASE project and in the ESTIV2018 Congress. Throughout October we have had the opportunity to present our work in two events which took place in Italy and Germany respectively.
Obtention of SME Instrument grant
ProtoQSAR is selected in the latest SME Instrument call of the European Commission. Our company receives European funding to promote an ambitious innovation project.
Article in “Plagas Urbanas”
Issue 75 of the journal specialized in the field of pests publishes an article about our methods.
Presentation of mutagenicity models
Our colleague Sergi Gómez has participated in the congress organized by the Spanish Society of Environmental Mutagenesis (SEMA), which this year has taken place in the Escuelas Pías de San Fernando (UNED Madrid). This event has allowed to bring together national and international researchers related to mutagenesis and environmental genomics, in each and every one of its disciplines, addressing different issues such as the bases of DNA damage and its repair, mutagenic processes, heritable effects, genetic and epigenetic alterations in the genome function, and their relevance in the appearance of diseases.
Summer school in Belfast (UK)
During the first week of June, the first summer school of the European project PROTECTED was held in the British city of Belfast, and all students of the project attended.
Workshop in Toulouse
On May 22nd, a workshop entitled “International Workshop on safe implementation of nanomaterials in plastic industry, SI2P” took place in Toulouse (France) in the context of the NanoDesk project.
REACH review published
Published a review of ProtoQSAR on application of computational alternatives in REACH.
ProtoQSAR interview in “La Razón”
The supplement “Atvsalud” of the newspaper La Razón publishes an interview with our director.
Selected by two IVACE programs
Final resolution of the Horizon-CV and Plans for the internationalization calls
Alzheimer review published
The article of ProtoQSAR entitled “Recent advances in computational approaches for designing potential anti-Alzheimer’s agents” has just been published in the last book of the series “Neuromethods” by Springer.
I workshop LIFE-COMBASE
The first international workshop of the LIFE-COMBASE project will take place on October 19th, 2017 at the Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri (IRFMN) in Milan, Italy. The main results of the project to date will be described,and several speakers representing regulatory agencies- such as EFSA- and research institutions in the knowledge areas of QSAR and non-testing methods will participate. This workshop has been organized as a networking event for stakeholders in the value chain of biocides, including industries, regulatory bodies and research institutions. Registration is free, if you are interested please write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final result of the CREATEC-CV call
The ProtoQSAR project “Computational screening and experimental validation of ecological pesticides against the plague HLB of citrus fruits (ECO-PEST)” has been one of the 23 selected by the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (IVACE) for its financing through the program of Creation of Technology-Based Companies (CREATEC-CV).
Conference on NEOTEC
The CEEIs of the Valencian Community, the Network of Technological Institutes of the Valencian Community (REDIT) and the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) have held at the headquarters of the Valencian Business Confederation (CEV) an informative day about the NEOTEC 2017 call. NEOTEC is a Spanish program to facilitate access to financing support to technology-based companies, which this year is provided with 20 million euros.
Conference on REACH
ProtoQSAR has co-sponsored with ServiREACH the event “REACH and CLP regulations: novelties for 2017”. This monographic day has been organized by the Technological Institute of Plastics (AIMPLAS) and held at its facilities in the Technological Park of Valencia. Various relevant topics were discussed such as: the latest developments applied to the REACH and CLP Regulations (explained by Mrs. Elena Sánchez, of the REACH-CLP Spanish Information Portal); the verification of compliance with the REACH and CLP Regulations (with first-hand information by Mrs. Lidia Ferrer, of the Health Promotion and Protection Service of the Valencian Community); key aspects of the REACH Regulation in the plastics sector (presented by Mrs. BelénMonje, REACH specialist of AIMPLAS); and specialized software for the production of Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and CLP labeling (Mr. Daniel Fenoll, ServiREACH).
AETOX Congress in Valencia
The Spanish Association of Toxicology has organized its XXII Spanish Congress and VI Ibero-American, which has taken place in the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Valencia. Conferences, round tables, oral and poster communications have provided a forum that facilitates a safer and healthier environment through the advancement of science and the increased impact of Toxicology.
CDTI choose Proto-REACH
ProtoQSAR has been selected by the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) to finance its business plan through the NEOTEC 2016 program. The objective of NEOTEC is to help to the start-up of new innovative companies that require the use of techniques or knowledge developed to from their research activity.
II Business Meeting of the Valencian Health Sector
ProtoQSAR has participated in the II Business Meeting of the Valencian Health Sector, held at the Príncipe Felipe Research Center (CIPF). The objective of this event was to identify synergies between the agents of the Valencian health system and the business sector, transforming them into opportunities of business and ensuring the transfer of research results to society. This conference has been conceived to give support to those companies that have the ambition to grow and internationalize, reaching the market through an innovation project of European dimension.
NanoDesk Stakeholders’ Day
On March 28th was held in Valencia (Spain) the Technical Conference “NanoDesk – Advanced web-based tools to promote the application of nanotechnology and the safe use of nanomaterials in the plastics industry”, organized by ITENE as coordinating entity of the NanoDesk project .
The launching of the H2020-MSCA project “PROTECTED” took place on the 6th and 7th of February.ProtoQSAR has organized this event, which was held in the Board Room of the Scientific Park of the University of Valencia (Spain). This project is funded through the prestigious H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), to promote academic-industrial collaboration within the framework of an innovative doctoral program.
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