This workshop aims to present basics on molecular visualization, ligand-protein docking and several computer-aided drug design tools developed at SIB. Numerous case examples are taken from different therapeutic fields.

Participants will use powerful, yet simple and intuitive, professional tools, commonly employed in molecular modelling, drug design and drug-target analysis. Some of these tools are based on original unique technologies and databases developed by the SIB, such as SwissBioisostere. The lectures and workshops will be given by the developers of the methods, also available to answer questions regarding the participants' own research and needs.

The workshop is intended for a wide audience covering master students to postdocs in biology, chemistry, pharmacy or medecine, up to senior researchers from academia or private companies.

Learning objectives
At the end of the tutorial, participants will be able to:

  • use UCSF chimera to display molecules in 3D and analyse protein-ligand complexes
  • submit docking calculations through UCSF Chimera and analyse results at atomic scale
  • use SwissSimilarity to perform ligand-based screening
  • use SwissTargetPrediction to predict the most probable protein targets of bioactive small molecules in the context of secondary effect, drug repurposing or deconvolution of phenotypic screen
  • use SwissADME to estimate ADME, physicochemical, pharmacokinetic, druglikeness and related properties
  • use SwissBioisostere for for selecting molecular replacements in the context of lead optimization or scaffold hopping.
  • use WebMO to investigate electronic properties of small molecules

Venue and time
This course will take place on 13-15 December 2021 in Lausanne, at the EPFL. The course will start at 9:00 on the first day and end around 12:00 on the last day. Precise information will be provided to the participants in due time.

Registration fees for academics are 120 CHF and 600 CHF for for-profit companies (20% discount for the Swiss Biotech Association members). The fees include access to course material.
Deadline for registration and free-of-charge cancellation is set to 28 November. Cancellation after this date will not be reimbursed. Please note that participation to SIB courses is subject to this and other general conditions, available here.
You will be informed by email of your registration confirmation. Upon reception of the confirmation email, participants will be asked to confirm attendance by paying the fees within 5 days.


  • December 13, 2021 @ 9:00 am
  • December 15, 2021
  • Lausanne
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EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

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