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DrugModel.com provides scientific illustration services on customized design and creative rendering of 3-D molecules such as those therapeutic drugs, proteins and DNA. We are based in Connecticut, United States. Several key features of our services include:
Accurate Illustration: we have experienced design team in medicinal chemistry and pharmacology to make sure the illustrated/rendered 3-D molecules are scientifically sound with all of them individually checked for connection/stereochemistry and followed by energy minimization: the same quality of images as those published in scientific journals.
Real Protein and DNA: we illustrate large molecules such as proteins, peptides, DNA and RNA using real 3-D coordinates from available X-ray crystallography database, so these images are more powerful to deliver scientific messages to both general and professional readers.
Unlimited Styles: our creative design team in computer graphics are continuously generating new styles to illustrate molecules for our clients; molecules are unlimited, so are their styles.
Deliver Key Points: from our extensive experience in research and pharmaceutical industry, we have a good understanding of scientific data and mechanistic presentation, and thus to choose appropriate subjects for illustration, to deliver key points in your articles.
Unique Images: these high quality scientific illustrations and images are produced only for you, and are unique for your print, presentation or publishing projects.
Design Friendly: we match color/finish/style for your ongoing projects, and can provide 16-bit PNG files (with additional 8-bit transparency channels) to be integrated to your design background smoothly without additional clipping.
Fast Turnaround: our team are very efficient, and we can also expedite the illustration/rendering process at your request; you will be satisfied.
Several typical model rendering styles are displayed below; or please check detailed information including a big picture representation, technical specifications, and general customizable parameters from the Style Guide link here or the links on top and at the bottom of this page.
Here is a workflow for most of our customers: after your initial request, all available options for design, customization and rendering/illustration will be discussed; preliminary sample images will then be sent to you for approval before final production. Technically, to create a small molecule model image according to those standard styles as specified in the Style Guide, three major steps are required: (1) model building from a 2-D structure to 3-D unless you have a specific pose file in 3-D, which is followed by chemistry check and energy minimization for accurate rendering; (2) scripting to match color, finish and style according to your request; (3) rendering of final images. The amount of time for a given project is determined by the design style and size of molecules. For large molecule illustration and rendering, the process may vary significantly due to the complexity of molecules.
Some of our molecule image samples are available via iStock and Getty Images. For your reference, listed below are some images our customers licensed there directly for their projects. Again, currently we are creating more dynamic customized design for all kinds of molecules with unlimited combination of styles to our clients, for a fixed price.
Book cover: "Mapping the Origins Debate", published by IVP Academic on December 10, 2012 A DNA molecule appeared on a "The Guardian" article on July 24, 2014 - "Less than 10% of human DNA has functional role, claim scientists" A buckyball illustration, aka fullerene or C60, was included in "New York University Research Digest" Fall 2013 edition
A heme protein molecule illustration was integrated in Cleave Biosciences' advertisement design A RNA molecule was used by Alpha Laboratories for their microRNA research tools introduction An amino acid for a book cover: Applied Food Protein Chemistry, Wiley, December 31, 2014 A nanotube on the cover of Journal of College Science Teaching November 2012 edition
A DNA molecule for a Phys.org article on Sep 2, 2011 - "Sequencing platform provides powerful tool for identifying subtle changes in gene expression" A peptide molecule for a Pharmaceutical Technology article on April 2014 - "Control strategies for synthetic therapeutic peptide" A photo of a vitamin A model for a "The Scientist" article on February 1, 2014 -"New School: Graduate programs at the interface of quantitative and biological sciences set the stage for more interdisciplinary collaboration" An ATP molecule for Buyouts magazine cover, published by Thomas Reuters on October 31, 2011
If you are interested in finding out more about drugmodel.com, or any of our services on design and rendering of molecules including pricing and licensing, please send an email to: info@drugmodel.com or fill out the request form on the Contact page.