Cellworks Group, Inc., a California based company, has set up its R&D centre in Bangalore, India. Cellworks Research India Limited (CRIL), the R&D centre of Cellworks, would develop and provide technology based solutions that hasten drug discovery.

Cellworks Research India Limited (CRIL), the R & D centre of Cellworks, would develop and provide technology based solutions that hasten drug discovery research and development. CRIL’s new facility in Bangalore is STPI approved and has the necessary infrastructure to house 110 scientists.

CRIL’s research focus would be in the areas of oncology, inflammation, metabolic disorders, CNS and Skin. This research based on the Systems Biology approach involves development of in silico platforms of disease physiology at the metabolic and bio-chemical pathway level. This approach enables drug discovery teams to use these platforms as a virtual experimental system. Thus the drug discovery teams would have the benefit of using the in silico system in conjunction with currently used in vitro and in vivo techniques. This besides offering big improvement in productivity would also provide new differentiating capabilities.

Cellworks is among the very early companies in the world and among the first in the Asian region pioneering Systems Biology. With a cross functional team Cellworks strives to create and supply computational biological models of cell systems that can be used to analyze pathways in disease vs. normal conditions. This helps in understanding the effects of probable drugs on pathways within a cell and on cell systems and thereby reduces the chance of drug failure at a later stage, which often proves to be a costly affair.