Chemistry databases

January 11, 2010

LCGC Europe eNews

LCGC Europe eNews-01-08-2010, Volume 0, Issue 0

Symyx and the Royal Society of Chemistry have announced that they will be collaborating to enhance the usability and accessibility of public scientific databases.

Symyx and the Royal Society of Chemistry have announced that they will be collaborating to enhance the usability and accessibility of public scientific databases.

"We are excited to be partnering with a well-respected chemistry publisher such as the Royal Society of Chemistry," said Trevor Heritage, president of Symyx's software business unit in a statement. "Combining Symyx's strength in reaction chemistry software and information databases with the RSC's publishing experience in synthetic chemistry will enrich existing information sources and accelerate scientists' access to relevant information."

The two groups will be linking ChemSpider, the RSC’s free-access chemistry search engine of chemical structures, with Symyx’s DiscoveryGate, which provides information on chemical sourcing, organic synthesis and reaction planning, metabolism, toxicity and pharmacological information. The companies claim that linking the two will enable scientists to browse chemical information on ChemSpider while simultaneously searching synthetic reactions, bioavailability information and up-to-date compound availability information from over 860 suppliers on DiscoveryGate.

In a statement Antony Williams, vice president of strategic development for ChemSpider, said "ChemSpider is the premier chemistry portal for scientists looking to access public data and the fastest chemical structure searches available on-line. Through this collaboration, Symyx's DiscoveryGate database will help to strengthen and support ChemSpider's chemistry offering and add value to researchers across the globe."

Further information on the two databases is available from the companies’ websites at www.rsc.org and www.symyx.com

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