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Grand challenges for cheminformatics

David J Wild

Author Affiliations

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Cheminformatics, Indiana University School of Informatics, Bloomington, IN 47408, USA

Journal of Cheminformatics 2009, 1:1  doi:10.1186/1758-2946-1-1

Published: 17 March 2009

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Welcome to the Journal of Cheminformatics. We are proud to be associated with a field that has a history longer than most applied computational disciplines; that has elegantly solved so many basic (and not so basic) problems; that has a reputation for intellectual rigor and good-naturedness; that has hundreds of scholarly articles published; and that has impacted fields as diverse as drug discovery, library science and database searching. Every time an HIV patient takes a life-saving protease inhibitor, a synthetic chemist finds a needed journal article through a substructure search, or a medicinal chemist finds a new, promising set of compounds through a virtual screening experiment, they have good reason to thank the practitioners of the field we now call cheminformatics.