Virtual Laboratories

Our Virtual Laboratories offer an integrated web-based solution to explore data, mathematical and computational models, results and reports to support your experimental process. Models of many kinds are now routinely used to help support a variety of experimental methods, from animal studies to environmental risk assessment. Our tools are deployed via the web to allow for maximum collaboration.

Use our tools to:

Explore your data

Execute large numbers of in silico experiments

Visualise the evidence based that underpins the data and model assumptions

Contact us Exemplars below


Leishmaniasis is a disease caused by the protozoan parasites Leishmania which is spread by sand flies throughout tropical and subtropical countries. There are approximately 12 million chronic cases worldwide with roughly 2 million new clinical cases each year. Around 40,000 people die each year from the most severe form, visceral leishmaniasis. Only a handful of drugs exist to treat leishmaniasis, most cause serious side effects and drug resistance is a growing problem. No vaccines are yet available for use in humans.
As part of a global effort to improve the treatment for patients with leishmaniasis, we are developing a virtual laboratory that will contain computational models, alongside experimental data, to discover how existing drugs may be used more effectively, to identify new drug targets and to develop or repurpose biological therapies. Our computational models should significantly reduce the need for animal research in drug development.
SimOmics is working with the University of York and the Centre for Immunology and Infection, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Cybula Ltd and Pharmadex. The project to develop the virtual laboratory is funded through the SBRI and sponsored by the NC3Rs.
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Virtual Fish Ecotoxicology Laboratory (VFETL)

All new active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) must undergo an environmental risk assessment (ERA) before being authorised. Currently tens of thousands of fish are used worldwide as part of API ERAs. Our virtual laboratory will provide an evidenced-based approach that uses data derived from in silico and in vitro models to predict the movement of an API from the patient through to aquatic systems, the subsequent impacts on the ecosystems and to determine risk to both apical end-points (e.g. impacts on fish reproduction and growth) and non-apical end-points (e.g. effects on behaviour).
SimOmics is the lead partner on this Innovate UK funded project to develop VFETL, sponsored by the NC3Rs, in collaboration with AstraZeneca and The Environment Department at the University of York.
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Ecosystem Services Interaction Tool (ESI-SIT)

SimOmics, working in collaboration with the Environment Department at the University of York, have developed ESI-SIT, an ecosystems service support tool initially funded by Defra and subsequently by NERC.
ESI-SIT is a tool to explore the influence of management choices on particular habitat areas. The user chooses a map area to apply a management decision to and examines the positive or negative impact this has on the services of the surrounding area. You can try out a version of the tool on-line now for free.
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