seesar background Everyday drug design dashboard SeeSAR is your intuitive, visual drug design platform. Covering every step of your drug discovery process — from virtual screening to fragment-based design — SeeSAR fosters ideation in the most fun and comprehensive way. Try it! Everyday
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Dock, design, and analyze your compound in a flash, with swift and informative calculations.

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Evaluate ligand-target interactions by intuitive color codes and gorgeous visualization.

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We provide a satisfying on-the-fly drug design experience. No learning curve!

fast

fast

Dock, design, and analyze your compound in a flash, with swift and informative calculations.

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visual

Evaluate ligand-target interactions by intuitive color codes and gorgeous visualization.

easy

easy

We provide a satisfying on-the-fly drug design experience. No learning curve!

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What’s inside?

protein mode to search and load your protein

Protein Mode

Drag and drop your protein, or search comfortably in an online database. Within seconds, your target is prepared and you can get started.

protein editor mode

Protein Editor Mode

Modify your protein according to your needs. Explore rotamers, introduce mutations, and customize side chains.

binding site mode for target pocket detection

Binding Site Mode

SeeSAR automatically detects the binding site of a ligand for you. In addition, you can precisely expand it by adding individual residues — or with a single click to find empty pockets in your protein.

molecule editor mode for on-the-fly modifications of your compounds

Molecule Editor Mode

Modify molecules to your taste in 2D or 3D on-the-fly. Once you are done, the molecules are directly prepared for your tasks.

analyzer mode for property assessment

Analyzer Mode

Estimate affinities and interpret the results using the visualized HYDE score. Filter your compounds for relevant parameters, calculate ADME properties, and gain full control over ligand-target interactions.

inspirator mode for interesting new structural proposals

Inspirator Mode

Ideate without limits! Discover new scaffolds, explore, and grow into free cavities, or link molecules using fragment libraries for elegant solutions.

docking mode for binding mode predictions

Docking Mode

Dock your compounds with one single click! Screen libraries for actives, and instinctively evaluate your results.

What’s inside?

protein mode to search and load your protein

Protein Mode

Drag and drop your protein, or search comfortably in an online database. Within seconds, your target is prepared and you can get started.

protein editor mode

Protein Editor Mode

Modify your protein according to your needs. Explore rotamers, introduce mutations, and customize side chains.

binding site mode for target pocket detection

Binding Site Mode

SeeSAR automatically detects the binding site of a ligand for you. In addition, you can precisely expand it by adding individual residues — or with a single click to find empty pockets in your protein.

molecule editor mode for on-the-fly modifications of your compounds

Molecule Editor Mode

Modify molecules to your taste in 2D or 3D on-the-fly. Once you are done, the molecules are directly prepared for your tasks.

analyzer mode for property assessment

Analyzer Mode

Estimate affinities and interpret the results using the visualized HYDE score. Filter your compounds for relevant parameters, calculate ADME properties, and gain full control over ligand-target interactions.

inspirator mode for interesting new structural proposals

Inspirator Mode

Ideate without limits! Discover new scaffolds, explore, and grow into free cavities, or link molecules using fragment libraries for elegant solutions.

docking mode for binding mode predictions

Docking Mode

Dock your compounds with one single click! Screen libraries for actives, and instinctively evaluate your results.

What others say

This software was incredibly useful in the running of the coursework exercise in our final year units as SeeSAR was really easy to use for my students.

   —  Dr. Stephen Flower, University of Bath, UK

SeeSAR is easy to use, and allows scientists from different disciplines to explore new design ideas.

   —  Dr. Sharon Shechter, Silicon Therapeutics, USA

Its super-duper fast! Much much faster than any pharmacophore screening I've ever done before!

   —  Dr. Jessica Holien, RMIT Melbourne, Australia

We are heavy SeeSAR users and our students, undergraduate and postgraduate alike, absolutely love it. Numbers of students interested in computational chemistry increased since we have introduced SeeSAR.

   —  Dr. Agnieszka K. Bronowska, Newcastle University, UK

SeeSAR is by far the best idea generator in Medicinal Chemistry.

   —  Dr. Peter Sennhenn, transMedChem, Germany

SeeSAR allowed us to understand a specific halogen substitution pattern crucial for robust activity in our functional assays.

   —  Dr. Sander Nabuurs, LeadPharma, The Netherlands

The seamless integration between StarDrop and SeeSAR provides a state-of-the-art drug design and development platform to our very unique high school program.

   —  Robert R. Gotwals, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Durham, USA

HYDE really gave this improvement!

   —  Dr. Hans Briem, BAYER

Five reasons for SeeSAR

#1 SeeSAR is the most liberating drug design experience

Set yourself free! Have an interactive dialog with your software. SeeSAR supports you in finding solutions in the most inspiring way by thinking outside the box. You can feel your ideas progressing with swift calculations and stimulating input.

#2 Everybody can use it

SeeSAR's radical simplicity provides a satisfying experience for drug design veterans and modelling beginners alike. Whether you are a seasoned drug designer, working on a side project, or just have pure curiosity — get started designing your own molecules today.

#3 Easy to set up

SeeSAR runs on all established platforms (Windows, Linux, macos) and is easy to install. No need for expensive, energy-hungry server solutions or long-term maintenance. Just download, and get started!

#4 You stay in full control

Navigate your ligand optimization process by evaluating your results at first glance through informative color coding and comprehensive icons. Define the parameters according to your needs, or implement your own KNIME® workflow. Work the way you like.

#5 Saves time and resources

SeeSAR offers almost instantaneous, precise results, without compromise. Swift calculations and beautiful visualization support you in finding actives with only a few mouse clicks. Each mode contains export functions to easily transfer results for your reports.

Fragment files

Google-like re-scaffolding

SeeSAR helps you to generate new intellectual property or get rid of issues in molecules. Supported by the ReCore tool implemented in our Inspirator mode, SeeSAR searches in pre-processed libraries, so-called “indices”, for fitting replacements in selected molecule areas. Our approach to fragment-based lead discovery (FBLD) delivers suggestions to core replacements, molecule growing, and fragment linking within seconds.
BioSolveIT offers the required index files for free.

* The CSD SeeSAR index requires a license from CCDC.

Updates
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FAQ

Follow these steps to manually enter a license file:
    1. Click on the System settings icon in the top right corner.
    2. Click the key icon (License) to open the license management interface.
    3. Select the license file or drag&drop it in this window.
If the license key is valid, you will see a green check mark animation and the license period will be updated in the green info line above.
Alternatively, you can place the license file into the directory of the software executable.
In case you want to add or update a server (floating) license file, please check the corresponding "server license" FAQ entry.
Our software is license key protected. A license can either be bound to a single node or to a dedicated license server.

A server license (als called "floating license") allows a flexible administration and usage as it is hosted by a server and distributed to compute clients on demand. Such a server may manage the license requests for hundreds or thousands of software clients.

How to set up the license server
  1. First, please download the BioSolveIT flexlm package from our download page. Select the suitable package corresponding to your operating system.
  2. Login to the computer, where you want to run the license server. Flexera Software strongly discourages running the license servers with elevated privileges. However, to install the license server as a system service, you might need elevated privileges during installation.
  3. Extract the package on the license server computer.
  4. Follow the installation notes in the chapter License Server Manager “lmadmin” in package file license /doc/fnp_LicAdmin.pdf
  5. Copy the BIOSOLVE vendor daemon from the package directory license/bin to the new lmadmin installation directory. On linux, make sure that BIOSOLVE has executable rights - if in doubt, just execute chmod +x BIOSOLVE.

Making the server license available to local software installations
When you have fed the server with the license file, you have different options to make the license available to local software installations.
No matter which option you choose, if your license needs to be renewed, you only have to feed the license server with the updated file. The local installations don’t need the license again.
  1. Installation directory
    - Just copy the license file into the directory of the software application, right beside the executable.
    - If you are using non-standard ports for the license server communication, you have to enter these ports into the license file.
  2. Environment variable
    - Set the environment variable BIOSOLVE_LICENSE_FILE to point to the server name prepended by "@", e.g. BIOSOLVE_LICENSE_FILE=@my_server
    - If you are using non-standard ports, you have to specify the port number in front of "@", e.g. BIOSOLVE_LICENSE_FILE=12345@my_server
To find out why your license is not working, we need your help:
Please send us the systemlog (open the System settings in the top right, then choose Systemlog). Also, screenshots may be helpful, and errors/warnings in the exact wording.

The most frequent issues are:
  • cannot connect to license server - check:
    - firewall and DNS configuration, any blocked ports?
  • the key cannot be found - check:
    - key expiration (open the System settings in the top right, then choose License)
    - is the “.lic” file extension still there or has the mailer modified the file?
    - old license keys have to be removed
      o go to the software directory and delete outdated or invalid licenses files
      o if you are unsure about the software directory, look into the Systemlog (open the System settings in the top right and choose “Systemlog”, then scroll all the way down)
Our software is license key protected. To generate your license, we need the Host-ID of the machine on which the software shall run.
In case of a server license, we need the Host-ID of the server machine.

There are several options to determine the Host-ID:

Systemlog
  1. Open the System settings in the top right and choose “Systemlog”
  2. You find the Host-IDs when you scroll all the way down, and search for the line "Host-ID" a few lines above.
  3. You can either send us the complete Systemlog (copy and paste it into an email) or reduce the copied content to the HostID(s)

License menu
  1. Open the System setting in the top right and select "License"
  2. Click on "Request license"
  3. Choose "individual assistance" in the now open website and submit your machine ID.

System terminal/Commandline
  1. Open a system terminal/commandline (Windows: cmd, Mac: Terminal)
  2. Change to the directory of the software executable
  3. Call the app with --license-info, e.g. "seesar --license-info" or “infinisee --license-info”
  4. Send us the complete output of this call
Any usage with a graphical user interface requires a local graphics card, i.e., a local computer. This can therefore not work from remote.
Commandline and KNIME runs however can be triggered from remote.
Please contact us if you need to work from home during the Corona pandemic.
  1. RAM: 8GB would be good, anything beyond is better.
  2. CPU: Our tools are not very hungry — yet they profit from multiple CPUs, because they have parallelized algorithms implemented. If in doubt rather choose more slower CPUs than one faster one.
  3. Graphics: It is important to know that a local graphics card is mandatory for infiniSee and SeeSAR.

Update to the latest driver, and check — even if Windows tells you that you are up-to-date. Lenovo and other computers with onboard graphics, please navigate to this link to check if there is a newer driver available for you.

Couldn’t find what you are looking for?
Visit our elaborative FAQ section or the SeeSAR help page

Science

HYDE

Interactive, desolvation-aware visual ΔG estimates
HYDE binding assessment approximates and visualizes affinities. The system has NOT been trained to specific targets, instead implicit HYdrogen bond and DEhydration are intrinsically balanced without weighting parameters as seen in all force fields. The user instantly gets interpretative feedback for lead optimization and other design tasks.
HYDE is constantly improved and originated from a collaboration with BAYER, Hamburg University, and BioSolveIT.

Find out more about HYDE here

ReCore

3D scaffold hopping
Replace a given core and generate new intellectual property. You can specify bonds or interactions to be matched by new fragments. The arrangement of the connected residues is taken to a fragment library that has been pre-processed for speed (“indexed”). Results are retrieved using a 4-dimensional vector and the quality of the fit is computed. Indices can be custom designed with in-house compound libraries.
ReCore emerged from a collaboration with Roche Basel and Hamburg University and has been extensively augmented and extended by BioSolveIT thereafter.

Find out more about ReCore here

Visual torsions

Statistical assessment of likelihood of dihedrals
Based on rigorous statistical analysis of small molecules in crystal structure databases, the “traffic-light” implementation for the torsion angles in molecules reflects the frequency of occurrence of a given dihedral. The underlying assumption is that frequent observations correlate with low energy structures and vice versa.
The Visual Torsions emerged from a collaboration with Roche Basel and Hamburg University.

Publications on visual torsions can be found here and here

Pocket detection

Druggable binding sites from 3D structures
Compute proposals for accessible empty pockets, and visualize the results in 3D for further selection. The functionality is based on a heuristic model that employs Gaussian differences on a 3D grid to assess the likelihood of dealing with a pocket shape or not. Global hydrogen bond functionalities and the lipophilic character - plus the solvent accessible surface (SAS) of the putative pocket are taken into account. The computation is further enriched with local measures such as distances between pairs of functional group atoms.
The pocket detection algorithms are part of the DoGSiteScorer that emerged from a collaboration with Merck and Hamburg University.

Publications on our DoGSiteScorer-based pocket detection can be found here and here.

FlexX docking

Fast, flexible placement of ligands into cavities
Dock a ligand into a receptor cavity. This state-of-the-art algorithm splits ligands into so-called fragments which are placed into multiple places in the pocket – and scored using a simple, yet very fast pre-scoring scheme. From the n solutions placed, the ligand is further built up, fragment by fragment, and the interim solutions are scored against each other. The best scored survive the process, and those are delivered to the user. The “Single Interaction Scan” (SIS) placement also finds solutions when there are only very few polar groups in a compound.

Find out more about FlexX here

Download SeeSAR 10.2 for your operating system:

Get your license:

How to cite

In publications please cite SeeSAR with the respective version number as follows:
SeeSAR version 10.2; BioSolveIT GmbH, Sankt Augustin, Germany, 2020, www.biosolveit.de/SeeSAR

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