Product News: New SciFinder® Features Reveal More Synthetic Pathways and Improves Productivity

26 Mar 2010

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) introduces new enhancements to SciFinder that will provide more synthetic pathways and improve productivity for researchers working in the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and energy industries. Additional features will advance the pace of research for scientists involved in every aspect of the chemical R&D process.

New features scheduled to launch through the SciFinder web interface in early April will enable users to:

• Create more precise reaction searches. Focus reaction searches effectively using non-participating functional groups or classes. Precisely locate more than 13.6 million synthetic preparations and relevant references using Find Additional Reactions.
• Draw structures more efficiently. Paste structures originally drawn in ChemDraw into SciFinder’s structure drawing editor, use shortcut keys to apply atoms and bonds, and add nodes or bonds and increment bond values using hot click points.
• Access chemical supplier information directly. Intuitively assign priorities for preferred or non-preferred chemical suppliers and quickly access commercial sources from reaction participants using a new visual indicator.
• Work easily with combined answers sets. Combine an active SciFinder answer set with one or more saved answer sets without first saving the active answer set.
• Perform better post-processing of results. Seamlessly export bibliographic information into citation software in .ris format to speed research compilation and publication.

“Scientists and researchers around the world access SciFinder through the web for the fastest, most reliable scientific information available,” said Christine McCue, CAS vice president of marketing. “With these new features, SciFinder will become an even more essential part of the process. We are confident that the improvements unveiled today will enhance the SciFinder user experience and enable new and faster scientific breakthroughs."