02 September 2015
Aquaria, a new web resource that helps researchers gain insight into protein structure and function, has achieved Merit status at the national iAward finals (Research and Development category).
Aquaria had previously won first prize in its category in the 2015 NSW iAwards, held in July, and it won the Best Paper Award at the 5th International Symposium on Biological Data Visualization (Dublin, Ireland, July 2015).
Aquaria was developed by a cross-institute team led by Dr Seán O’Donoghue. It is the result of extensive collaborative work between the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and CSIRO, as well as international partners in Munich, Germany. The group developed Aquaria to simplify discovery and insight from protein structures.
The iAwards were established in 1984. They honour companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation and recognise the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators.
There were 12 finalists in the national 2015 iAwards Research and Development category. The overall category winner was Scancam, a world-first smart solution to fuel theft. In addition to Aquaria, a Merit was awarded to the PEERS tool, which helps health professionals to detect social problems in children.