Consortium for Metabonomic Toxicology (COMET)

At a Glance
  • Status: Completed Consortium
  • Year Launched: 2003
  • Initiating Organization: Imperial College
  • Initiator Type: Academia
  • No disease focus
  • Location: Europe


The Consortium for Metabonomic Toxicology (COMET) was formed by five major pharmaceutical companies and Imperial College London, UK. Its main objectives were to assess methodologies, generate a metabonomic database using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and build a predictive expert system for target organ toxicity.


COMET’s aims included the following:

Consortium History

COMET completed study of 147 of 150 compounds (25 per company) selected by the Steering Committee that would provide robust predictive models that covered an extensive range of metabolic space.

Structure & Governance

A Steering Committee with personnel from each company and Imperial College oversaw the project.


The project was funded for three years.


The consortium completed 147 studies. NMR spectra, associated meta-data, and all data generated by the project were organized as a relational database. The database was organized in a hierarchy descending from each of the 147 studies as the root element.

Sponsors & Partners

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Eli Lilly & Co.

Hoffman-La Roche

Imperial College London


Pfizer, Inc.

The Pharmacia Corporation (now part of Pfizer)

Last Updated: 04/14/2016

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