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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

SureChem deposition into PubChem - ACS Fall presentation

As you may have heard us mention before, we're planning to deposit all SureChem chemical structure data into PubChem this year. Yesterday at the American Chemistry Society Fall 2012 meeting we gave a brief presentation that previews how this will increase the amount of novel chemistry that is publicly accessible.

The deposition will include all structures for US, EP and WO patents back to 1976 (or 1978 in the case of EP and WO) up to the current date. We will update PubChem as we index the structures, so the collection will be comprehensive and current. (We will probably filter out some common chemistry and other chemical 'noise' such as the chemical fragments that pop up in nearly all patents.)

All the structures will be identified in PubChem as coming from SureChem patents, and users can simply navigate from the structures to their free SureChemOpen account, where they can then view the patents containing the chemistry in which they are interested.

We find this exciting for a number of reasons:

  • It will significantly expand the amount of novel chemistry available in the public domain, enabling open drug discovery, medicinal chemistry and non life-sciences chemistry research
  • It will enable us to enhance our structure data with meta data from PubChem (which not only gives our chemistry more context, but saves our customers from having to perform their own patent-to-PubChem linking, which many are now doing)
  • It will introduce new users to SureChem, and our goal of helping create a more open, federated chemical information network

We are still working on the details of the deposition and the landing page that will greet users coming from PubChem. We'll keep you posted.

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