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A Conversation With .... Woody Sherman about Computational Drug Discovery


May 6, 2020 01:33 PM

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Woody Sherman, Ph.D.,
CSO @Silicon Therapeutics
Woody Sherman is a thought leader in molecular simulations & computer-aided drug design. He received his B.S. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara where he studied nonlinear optical properties of organic polymers using computational quantum mechanics methods. He completed his Ph.D. at MIT working in Professor Bruce Tidor’s lab where he examined the role of electrostatics in protein-ligand binding and implemented a novel method for optimizing ligand binding specificity across a panel of targets. While in graduate school he completed an internship at Biogen where he helped develop novel methods to enhance antibody affinity through electrostatic charge optimization, resulting in a publication and patent. At Schrödinger, he headed the Applications Science team and was involved in research, product development, methods development, and the deployment of Python-based tools.
Mehrzad Mahdavi
Executive Director @FDP Institute
Dr. Mahdavi is a technology entrepreneur with a focus on breakthrough digital transformation for the Fintech and the energy sectors. He is a recognized expert and frequent keynote speaker on the application of AI, IoT, and Cloud computing in the financial sector and industries. Dr. Mahdavi managed major global businesses in the energy sector. Dr. Mahdavi is a trusted advisor for global 500 firms in the field of digital transformation. Prior to this position, he served as the Chief Digital Officer of Weatherford International. He also had and a 22-year career in Schlumberger in a variety of technical and management positions. Mehrzad holds a PhD in Nuclear Science and Technology from the University of Michigan a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.