Study says, new ‘chemputer’ system may revolutionise drug production


During a recent research conducted at the University of Glasgow, researchers developed a new method to produce drug molecules. According to them, it uses downloadable blueprints to easily and reliably synthesise organic chemicals through a programmable ‘chemputer’.
For the first time, it has been shown that how synthesis of important drug molecules can be achieved in an affordable and modular chemical-robot system they call a chemputer. The study results published in the journal Science informed that the chemputer is underpinned by a new universal and interoperable standard for writing and sharing chemical recipes.
One of the researchers said that the focus was to develop a general abstraction for chemistry that can be made practical, universal, and driven by a computer programme. Those chemical recipes, run on a computer programme called the ‘chempiler’. Also, they instruct the chemputer how to produce molecules on-demand, more affordably and safely than ever possible before.
Notably, it has been claimed by the researchers that the ability to use a universal code will allow chemists to convert their recipe into a digital code. Professor Lee Cronin from the University of Glasgow quotes as saying, “This approach is a key step in the digitisation of chemistry, and will allow the universal assembly of complex molecules on demand, democratising the ability to discover and make new molecules using a simple software app and a modular chemputer.”
He further added, “Making recipes for drugs available online, and synthesisable via a compact chemputer system, could allow medical professionals in remote parts of the world to create life-saving drugs as and when they are required.”

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