ChemNavigator Adds FDA Orange Book Data to iResearch System

iResearch System Is the Largest Repository of Research Data

Linked By Chemical Similarity



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from ChemNavigator

    SAN DIEGO, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- ChemNavigator, the company that built
 the first Internet hub of chemistry resources to streamline drug discovery,
 today announced that it has expanded its iResearch System to automatically
 cross-reference Approved Drug Products data from the FDA's Orange Book.
     The latest addition to the growing iResearch System significantly broadens
 the supporting information provided to members who search the 1.2 million
 compounds available through ChemNavigator's global network of suppliers.
     "ChemNavigator is bringing order to the world of chemical information,"
 said Scott Hutton, president and CEO of ChemNavigator.  "The iResearch System
 presents researchers with data on chemistry that is relevant to their work but
 difficult to find.  Adding the Orange Book data sheds more light on the
 researcher's specific chemical area of interest."
     The iResearch System utilizes proprietary technology based on chemical
 structure to match compounds, which fall within a similarity criterion of
 85 percent, with therapeutic patents from the Current Drugs' Investigational
 Drugs database and cancer-screening data from the National Cancer Institute,
 in addition to the FDA Orange Book.
     The data now available from the FDA Orange Book tells researchers when
 U.S. patents on compounds will expire and which FDA-approved drugs contain the
 same active ingredients.
     "When a researcher conducts a chemical search of the iResearch System, he
 is alerted when a compound that he can buy is similar to, or the same as, the
 active ingredient of a FDA-approved drug," said Tad Hurst, Ph.D., Chief
 Technical Officer.  "We present him a link to the FDA site where he can see a
 list of drugs, the company who has created them, and information about the
 patent or exclusivity status of the compound.  This is a very powerful
 addition to the system."
     The iResearch System is the largest repository of data linked by chemical
 similarity and ChemNavigator's proprietary search technology is the fastest in
 the industry, capable of scanning millions of records in just seconds.
     ChemNavigator's Fuzzy Chemical Similarity Join technology is the
 foundation for a suite of services that acts as a virtual assistant for
 members.  While basic compound searching is available for free, life
 scientists opting for one of the paid membership plans have ChemNavigator's
 Chemistry Alert Agent, at their disposal.  The Chemistry Alert Agent
 automatically and continuously searches for new, hard-to-find compounds
 related to a user's area of research, sending an e-mail alert as new compounds
 become available.
 
     About ChemNavigator
     ChemNavigator has built an Internet hub of cheminformatics resources to
 streamline drug discovery.  Scientists use ChemNavigator's secure iResearch
 System to search the largest collection of commercially available drug-like
 compounds and to make purchases from a global network of suppliers.  The
 company's proprietary technology scans over a million records based on
 chemical structure in seconds and cross-indexes compounds with supporting
 data, such as FDA filings, therapeutic patents and toxicology reports.
 ChemNavigator's growing suite of services acts as a virtual assistant to help
 navigate through the increasingly complicated world of chemical information.
     ChemNavigator offers personal and corporate membership plans.  Cost for
 the new plans start at $1,000 annually for a personal membership.  Customized
 corporate memberships also are available that include advanced cheminformatics
 features that allow an organization to easily integrate their scientists' use
 of the iResearch System with their own in-house proprietary chemical data.
 For example, corporate members can download selected portions of
 ChemNavigator's comprehensive chemical structure data files in order to
 compare them to their corporate in-house compound collection.
 
     For further information, please contact Jon Schmid of The Gable Group,
 619-234-1300 ext. 231, jon@gablegroup.com, for ChemNavigator.
 
 

SOURCE ChemNavigator
    SAN DIEGO, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- ChemNavigator, the company that built
 the first Internet hub of chemistry resources to streamline drug discovery,
 today announced that it has expanded its iResearch System to automatically
 cross-reference Approved Drug Products data from the FDA's Orange Book.
     The latest addition to the growing iResearch System significantly broadens
 the supporting information provided to members who search the 1.2 million
 compounds available through ChemNavigator's global network of suppliers.
     "ChemNavigator is bringing order to the world of chemical information,"
 said Scott Hutton, president and CEO of ChemNavigator.  "The iResearch System
 presents researchers with data on chemistry that is relevant to their work but
 difficult to find.  Adding the Orange Book data sheds more light on the
 researcher's specific chemical area of interest."
     The iResearch System utilizes proprietary technology based on chemical
 structure to match compounds, which fall within a similarity criterion of
 85 percent, with therapeutic patents from the Current Drugs' Investigational
 Drugs database and cancer-screening data from the National Cancer Institute,
 in addition to the FDA Orange Book.
     The data now available from the FDA Orange Book tells researchers when
 U.S. patents on compounds will expire and which FDA-approved drugs contain the
 same active ingredients.
     "When a researcher conducts a chemical search of the iResearch System, he
 is alerted when a compound that he can buy is similar to, or the same as, the
 active ingredient of a FDA-approved drug," said Tad Hurst, Ph.D., Chief
 Technical Officer.  "We present him a link to the FDA site where he can see a
 list of drugs, the company who has created them, and information about the
 patent or exclusivity status of the compound.  This is a very powerful
 addition to the system."
     The iResearch System is the largest repository of data linked by chemical
 similarity and ChemNavigator's proprietary search technology is the fastest in
 the industry, capable of scanning millions of records in just seconds.
     ChemNavigator's Fuzzy Chemical Similarity Join technology is the
 foundation for a suite of services that acts as a virtual assistant for
 members.  While basic compound searching is available for free, life
 scientists opting for one of the paid membership plans have ChemNavigator's
 Chemistry Alert Agent, at their disposal.  The Chemistry Alert Agent
 automatically and continuously searches for new, hard-to-find compounds
 related to a user's area of research, sending an e-mail alert as new compounds
 become available.
 
     About ChemNavigator
     ChemNavigator has built an Internet hub of cheminformatics resources to
 streamline drug discovery.  Scientists use ChemNavigator's secure iResearch
 System to search the largest collection of commercially available drug-like
 compounds and to make purchases from a global network of suppliers.  The
 company's proprietary technology scans over a million records based on
 chemical structure in seconds and cross-indexes compounds with supporting
 data, such as FDA filings, therapeutic patents and toxicology reports.
 ChemNavigator's growing suite of services acts as a virtual assistant to help
 navigate through the increasingly complicated world of chemical information.
     ChemNavigator offers personal and corporate membership plans.  Cost for
 the new plans start at $1,000 annually for a personal membership.  Customized
 corporate memberships also are available that include advanced cheminformatics
 features that allow an organization to easily integrate their scientists' use
 of the iResearch System with their own in-house proprietary chemical data.
 For example, corporate members can download selected portions of
 ChemNavigator's comprehensive chemical structure data files in order to
 compare them to their corporate in-house compound collection.
 
     For further information, please contact Jon Schmid of The Gable Group,
 619-234-1300 ext. 231, jon@gablegroup.com, for ChemNavigator.
 
 SOURCE  ChemNavigator