Due to the strong relationship between desired molecular activity to its structural core, screening of focused, core sharing chemical libraries is a key step in lead optimisation. Despite the plethora of current research focused on in silico methods for molecule generation, to our knowledge, no tool capable of designing such libraries has been proposed. In this work, we present a novel tool for de novo drug design called Lib-INVENT. This is capable of rapidly proposing chemical libraries of compounds sharing the same core while maximising a range of desirable properties. To further help the process of designing focused libraries, the user can list specific chemical reactions that can be used for the library creation. Lib-INVENT is therefore a flexible tool for generating virtual chemical libraries for lead optimisation in a broad range of scenarios. Additionally, the shared core ensures that the compounds in the library are similar, possessing desirable properties and can be also synthesized under the same or similar conditions.
Updated figures in both the main paper and the supporting information. Included further statistics about the training and generated compounds and corrected minor numbering errors.