Product News: Electronic Lab Notebook Supports Workflow of Multiple Scientific Disciplines

03 Apr 2009

Symyx Technologies, Inc. has announced the release of Symyx Notebook 6.2.  The latest release of the popular enterprise Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) supplements existing functionality for analytical chemistry research and biology with new capabilities supporting synthetic and medicinal chemistry investigations.

This has been achieved by adding industry-leading Symyx chemical representation, chemical reaction, and compound registration functionality to the core product. The Symyx chemistry engine powers the well known ISIS scientific information platform that underlies many chemistry registration, inventory, and other systems used in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

In addition, Symyx Notebook 6.2 adds essential chemistry information enabling scientists to access current chemical sourcing, molecular property, synthetic methodology, bioactivity, and toxicology information from Symyx and participating content providers in the context of laboratory workflows.

"Symyx Notebook 6.2 offers customers much anticipated, scalable chemistry capabilities, the ability to capture all the data associated with a reaction including transformation details and support for scientific workflows such as compound registration," said Dr. Trevor Heritage, president of Symyx Software. "The 6.2 release represents a significant milestone in the integration of Symyx and Elsevier MDL product lines. Most importantly, the release now enables synthetic chemists, analytical chemists, and biologists to collaborate effectively in regulated and non-regulated environments using a single, flexible, enterprise electronic lab notebook."

With Symyx Notebook 6.2, scientists can rapidly design and share single and multi-step synthesis plans. For example, scientists designing reaction steps can handle stoichiometry calculations more efficiently by easily accessing Symyx Available Chemicals Directory to look up key properties like molecular formula, molecular weight, density, and purity. Scientists can then use the Symyx Registration service to register purchased or synthesized compounds in a corporate registry. Finally, scientists can leverage powerful Symyx Isentris® capabilities to explore Notebook-captured reaction information together with Symyx reaction content for improved synthesis speed and success. Isentris enables scientists to combine Notebook-captured and Symyx-provided molecule and reaction information for use in retro-synthetic synthesis planning. Symyx synthesis databases accelerate successful synthesis planning by providing access to over 6 million publically available reactions.