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Category: Chemistry

  • Reaxys User Day 2022: Researcher secrets in the spotlight

    In April, Elsevier hosted the first Reaxys User Day to learn from expert users and share best practices. Attendees were also updated on how the expert-curated chemistry database has dramatically upped its ability to streamline R&D. We spoke with senior director Ivan Krstic about how Reaxys is turning data into actionable insights to better understand […]

  • Elsevier and LG: Turning data into action

    There are life-changing insights waiting to be found in chemistry data. The critical information waiting to be unlocked can lead to incredible technology advances and medical breakthroughs. But there is so much data out there, and it is multiplying rapidly. At Elsevier, we are excited about a new partnership with world-renowned innovator LG that we […]

  • Pharma can now track the most relevant patent info – fast and at scale

    Since its initial release in January 2021, AI-fueled Patent Expansion in Reaxys has won the respect of pharmaceutical companies trying to stay ahead of their competitors by keeping track of the latest patents around drug discovery and new therapeutics. With a recent expansion that allows Reaxys to also loop in information from images found in patents, it’s […]

  • Elsevier research partner Karin Verspoor nominated For Women in AI award

    Network In recognition of her numerous research accomplishments, Professor Karin Verspoor is nominated for the prestigious Women in AI Award under the ‘AI in Innovation’ category. Certainly, the interdisciplinary work she has undertaken with Elsevier has chemists and pharmaceutical companies excited about the real-world impact of automating the extraction of chemical reaction information from patents. […]

  • Umesh Nandal: Chemist and data scientist in one

    Umesh Nandal is a Director of Data Science at Elsevier. As an AI expert with a Master’s in Chemistry, he embodies what Elsevier brings to the table – an actionable fusion of data and domain expertise. “Cross-functional teams combining data science, tech and domain knowledge is the only way we can achieve our collective goal: […]

  • Can predictive retrosynthesis become a valuable part of a chemist’s toolkit?

    “Yes. I was amazed by the Reaxys Predictive Retrosynthesis technology,” says Moritz Classen of the Carreira Research Group at ETH Zurich. He and his colleagues spent months evaluating the tool as they applied it into their daily workflows. “It’s already very user-friendly and really does save a lot of time”. So, what can chemists exactly […]

  • Big Data in Chemistry is featured in a new webinar series

    We talk a lot about how innovation is driven by technological advances such as AI and machine learning – but equally important to innovation are partnerships and collaborations. The R&D Collaboration Network, founded in 2015, brings together top-class researchers in chemical informatics and computational chemistry who need access to comprehensive, accurate, diverse and deep sources […]

  • At the leading edge of an innovation hotspot: predictive reaction modeling

    Indisputably, a surge in predictive machine learning models to support synthetic chemistry has galvanized a movement to make these tools effective R&D solutions. Reaxys has been part of this innovation journey from the beginning. Today, Reaxys includes an award-winning Predictive Retrosynthesis solution that merges deep neural networks trained on Reaxys data with a Monte Carlo […]

  • Companies pledge to become net zero by 2040

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just released a special report on the impacts of climate change, and the findings suggest a very concerning picture of the future if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate. The drastic changes in the weather, driving everything from wildfires to drought, are already giving us a […]

  • Accelerating synthetic chemistry with a predictive retrosynthesis solution

    In most aspects of life, we think of “endless possibilities” as a good thing. But in science, the wealth of possibilities can be daunting. Pharmaceutical researchers typically start with a disease that they want to tackle, find a target, and then try to identify compounds which interact with that target. There may be around 200-300 […]

  • How the Elsevier Foundation partnerships support sustainable development

    OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World award winners Each year, the Elsevier Foundation gives over $1 million to an array of non-profit organizations. This support has gone to promising collaborations, STEM initiatives, leadership programs, technology platforms, early to mid-career scholars and more. The Foundation has made a special point of […]

  • Helen Murray Free obituary

    Chemist who transformed medical screening by developing glucose dipsticks In the 1950s the US chemist Helen Murray Free, who has died aged 98, was responsible for developing glucose dipsticks. Their use led to much simpler medical screening methods that are still widely used today for pregnancy tests, the diagnosis and monitoring of diabetes, and to […]

  • Expert Forum Examines the Patent Content Expansion Plan for Reaxys

    User feedback is instrumental to the evolution of Reaxys. Not only in articulating what works and what is missing, but also in guiding the direction of newly developed capabilities to meet user information needs. For decades, Reaxys has offered highly interconnected chemistry knowledge spanning domains critical to the pharmaceutical industry. The scope and granularity of […]

  • Investors flock to life sciences as UK sector breaks funding record

    Covid crisis spurs growing interest in drugmakers, diagnostics and medical equipment firms UK drugmakers, diagnostics, medical equipment and other life sciences companies have raised £10.6bn from private funding rounds and stock market flotations in the first three months of the year, more than half of last year’s record total, according to a report. Last year, […]

  • Competitive Intelligence Gets a Boost with Reaxys Patent Expansion

    The insights only found in patents can provide a crucial competitive advantage for innovative companies. In response to customer demand, Elsevier recently announced a major expansion of the patent content available to users of Reaxys, our chemistry information solution. Users can now get relevant patents for pharma and chemical R&D from 105 patent offices and […]

  • Early-Career Chemistry Researchers Tell How Reaxys Supports Their Innovative Work

    The Reaxys PhD Prize is a global competition that recognizes accomplished young chemists for their innovative research. The only requirements to participate are that one must be in the process of completing a PhD, or recently have completed one – and it can be in any discipline of chemistry. For 10 years now, Elsevier has […]

  • Reaxys Prize Winners Share Their Research Experiences and Advice

    If there is one thing we at Elsevier have learned over the last 10 years of hosting the Reaxys PhD Prize, it’s that there are many different paths to research success. We have seen incredible work from scientists coming from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, and that was again evident with our three winning […]

  • How to Use Reaxys Reaction Data to Create Chemistry Models

    These days, a chemist’s digital tools are as valued as the physical ones, and those digital tools are enabling chemists to do some amazing things in the lab. One example is predictive reaction chemistry, a thriving area with a rapidly-developing variety of algorithms and approaches.    The Entellect Reaction Workbench is a modeling environment designed to […]

  • The 10th Anniversary Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium: A Virtual Success

    No one anticipated that the 10th anniversary Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium would be a virtual event, but as we discussed earlier on in this blog, most gatherings of scientific researchers have had to go online this year because of COVID-19. As it turned out, the virtual symposium was a very special event in its own […]

  • Interview with Greg Landrum at Elsevier: What are the ingredients of a successful Open Source cheminformatics software?

    (Written by Elena Herzog in collaboration with Markus Fischer, Gerd Blanke, Jarek Tomczac and Gabrielle Whittick) RDKit, a collection of cheminformatics and machine learning software, is assisting in solving chemical information challenges. The founder and creator of RDKit, Greg Landrum, was interviewed by the UDM (Unified Data Model) team, facilitated by Elsevier, to share his […]

  • Bringing Scalability Into Chemistry Modeling

    Synthetic chemistry has been with us for centuries, but it is now entering a new frontier. Big data, AI and machine learning are unlocking a predictive power that is transforming the conceptualization and optimization of synthetic routes. A new white paper from the Entellect team titled “The foresight to bring scalability into chemistry modeling” looks […]

  • International Life Science Awards Recognize Reaxys

    The International Life Sciences Awards, an initiative from Global Health & Pharma Magazine (GHP) that is now in its fifth year, recognizes industry innovators – and this year that has included honoring Reaxys as an innovation leader by awarding it the Best Chemistry Predictive Analytics Specialists 2020 for its best-in-class Predictive Retrosynthesis software. GHP acknowledges the […]

  • Extracting Relevant Chemical Information from Patents with Machine Learning

    New chemical compounds and reactions are often introduced to the world – and with little fanfare – through patents. It may be years after the patent has been filed before these compounds are published in scholarly journals, and even then it is only a small share of them that are published at all. As a […]

  • ‘The wondrous map’: how unlocking human DNA changed the course of science

    Thanks to the success of the Human Genome Project, 20 years ago this week, scientists can track biology and disease at a molecular level Twenty years ago this week, an international group of scientists announced it had put together the first genetic blueprint of a human being. After 10 years of effort, the team – […]

  • A Systems Thinking Approach for Pharma

    Systems thinking asks scientists to look at the bigger picture and take a more holistic approach to their work. Systems thinkers consider how their field of study might relate to other disciplines, and how their research might inform or benefit from the broader knowledge stream.  In modern medicinal chemistry, systems thinking has become an absolute […]