Computational biology has made huge leaps forward in the last decade, with the first designs of biologically active proteins by software. This software, Rosetta, was named one of the top-10 scientific breakthroughs of 2016. Rosetta-designed proteins can treat brain cancer, break down gluten in Celiac Disease patients, and block a broad range of flu strains. The Cyrus founders were experienced in using and developing Rosetta at David Baker’s lab. While trying to help others who struggled to learn how to use these powerful tools, they realized that a new interface was needed to shorten the learning curve and bring Rosetta to the thousands of scientists and companies who need it.
Thus Cyrus was born. We sought a name to signify the fact that Cyrus Bench® carries out tasks that were previously thought to be impossible. Cyrus Levinthal’s paradox pointed out that protein structure prediction appears to be an impossible problem to compute – Cyrus software shows a way out of the paradox, allowing our users to do the impossible.