Link-INVENT: Generative Linker Design with Reinforcement Learning

25 April 2022, Version 1
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In this work, we present Link-INVENT as an extension to the existing de novo molecular design platform REINVENT. We provide illustrative examples on how Link-INVENT can be applied on fragment linking, scaffold hopping, and PROTACs design case studies where the desirable molecules should satisfy a combination of different criteria. With the help of Reinforcement Learning, the agent used by Link-INVENT learns to generate favourable linkers connecting molecular subunits that satisfy diverse objectives, facilitating practical application of the model for real-world drug discovery projects. We also introduce a range of linker-specific objectives in the scoring function of REINVENT. The code is freely available at


De Novo Design
Drug Discovery
Deep Generative Model
Computational Chemistry
Reinforcement Learning

Supplementary materials

Supporting Information
• Details related to the data preparation • Details on the vocabulary of the Link-INVENT model • Details on the new linker specific components implemented in Link-INVENT • Details on the docking protocol used including parameters • Hardware information and experiment computation times • All training plots for the experiments presented in this work • More example binding poses for experiments 1 and 2

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