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Research and innovation

The underlying strategy is the constant and synergic integration of our three main research lines

1. Platform Design and Development

Design and development of a technical and scientific platform for data storage and handling, databases query, and physical-chemical properties predictions accessible by all of the companies of the consortium thanks to cloud computing technology. A team of highly skilled informaticians, cheminformaticians and chemometricians, as well as researcher who understand biological and pharmaceutical meanings of experimental data work toghether for the completion of this goal.

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2. Lipidomics and Medicinal Chemistry

Design and development of novel compounds. The chemical and pharmaceutical character of innovation is granted by a design step guided by lipidomics investigations on human microtissues. The completion of this step is promoted by the collaboration of the Department of Chemistry, Biology and Biotechnology of the University of Perugia.

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3. Drug Design and Molecular Modelling

Development of in silico models of target receptors, identification of ‘hot-spots’ and molecular backbones of interest to be investigated, virtual screenings and selection of promising pharmaceutical candidates to be synthesised and optimized. The computational chemistry and drug design expertise of our scientific director Prof. Gabriele Cruciani and of the R&D group guide the development of this goal.

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Research projects


The PRO-CURA is a research project promoted by Molecular Horizon srl that aims to fight coronavirus (CoVs) infections, such as SARS-CoV-2, through an innovative and synergistic approach based on the emerging pharmaceutical technology PROTAC (PROteolysis TArgeting Chimeras) able to destroy key proteins essential for the virus and broad-spectrum anti-coronavirus activity and endowed with broad-spectrum anti-CoVs activity.



Molecular Horizon srl is external partner of the Choko-age, a scientific EU-funded project that aims to tackle the age-dependent malnutrition and the metabolic decline of tissues through combining the health-promoting effects of nutrition and physical exercise.

Choco-age project home page


AiD3 (Artificial Intelligence for 3D Digital meDical imaging) is a research project promoted by Molecular Horizon srl aiming to improve and fasten the interpretation of 3D medical imaging by means of expert driven artificial intelligence for better diagnosis and personalized therapies.

AiD3 Poster

Integrated platform for the research and development of innovative drugs for oncological and metabolic diseases

The strategic programme “Integrated platform for the research and development of innovative drugs for oncological and metabolic diseases”, presented by a consortium of Molecular Horizon and three other companies with the aim of bringing together the different but complementary competences of the participating companies in an integrated platform for the development of innovative molecules capable of opening new horizons for therapeutic treatments in the field of oncological and metabolic diseases. This strategic programme brings together the expertise of three Umbrian companies: Molecular Horizon Srl, Sterling SpA, and TES Pharma Srl, in combination with the experience and expertise of Dompè Farmaceutici SpA, in the role of coordinator.

The underlying strategy of the programme is based on the creation of a new and effective communication and collaborative research and development platform (Discovery Platform) that unites the partners’ competences for the development of new pharmacologically active molecules, in order to meet the medical needs linked to the study of the treatment of oncological and metabolic diseases. It thereby fully corresponds to the priority area of Life Sciences in the RIS3 Strategy of the Umbria Region and creates the first drug discovery specialized research cluster in Umbria.

This “Drug Design and Discovery” approach, represents one of the most fascinating and complex challenges in scientific endeavour whilst at the same time also being one of the most promising areas for innovation in research and development for new pharmaceutical products that can guarantee a better quality of life and scientific understanding for diseases that are not yet effectively treatable.