Tripos Announces Release of Auspyx(TM) for Oracle(R)

- New Data Cartridge Enables Unified Storage and Searching of Chemical

Structures Directly Inside Oracle 8i -



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Tripos, Inc.

    ST. LOUIS, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Tripos, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRPS) announced
 today the introduction of Auspyx(TM), a data cartridge that gives researchers
 the power to store and search chemical structures directly inside Oracle 8i
 databases. Auspyx makes Oracle "chemically aware," extending Oracle's syntax
 to provide access to the 2D, 3D, and similarity searching capabilities of
 Tripos' industry-leading UNITY(R) chemical searching software.
     Auspyx addresses the historical limitation of relational databases --
 their inability to store chemical structures -- and enables Oracle to manage
 and operate on this chemistry data as easily as it works with other types of
 data. Using Auspyx, life science researchers can now store chemical
 structures, assay results, and physical properties in a single location,
 eliminating the need to synchronize multiple databases. In a single database
 query, Auspyx allows researchers to locate molecules whose structures make
 them suitable drug candidates with characteristics that increase the
 likelihood they can be successfully developed into drugs.
     "Oracle relational databases have traditionally been an important asset
 for research organizations seeking to expedite the discovery and development
 of new products. Auspyx makes these databases of even greater value,
 accelerating drug discovery by integrating access to chemical structures and
 relational data," stated Dr. Trevor Heritage, senior vice president-discovery
 technology at Tripos. "By incorporating chemical perception into Oracle,
 Auspyx creates true relational databases for chemistry that can be mined to
 enable information-guided research decisions."
     "Auspyx is ideal for companies that need a solution for storing and
 searching both chemical and relational data, or that need to convert a legacy
 system not equipped to handle both types of data," said Dr. Paul Weber, vice
 president and general manager, software consulting services at Tripos. "Tripos
 recognizes that diverse and constantly changing needs make it impractical to
 provide "out of the box" solutions to fit every organization's work flow.
 Using industry-standard development tools like Java, Visual Basic, and C++,
 companies with internal resources can integrate Auspyx as a key component of
 their registration, inventory, and cheminformatics systems. For organizations
 that need assistance, Tripos software consulting services can readily develop
 applications to meet their specific informatics requirements."
 
     Tripos (http://www.tripos.com) is a leading provider of discovery research
 software and services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and other life
 sciences companies worldwide. The company is dedicated to simplifying and
 accelerating the discovery of new products in the pharmaceutical and related
 industries.  Tripos offers "chemically intelligent" discovery software tools
 to manage, analyze, and share biological and chemical information; systems
 integration and other software consulting services; diverse chemical libraries
 and contract research for the discovery, synthesis and characterization of new
 chemical compounds that are active in biological systems.
 
     Contact:  Denise Beusen, Ph.D., Discovery Software Marketing Manager of
 Tripos, Inc, 314-647-1099, dbeusen@tripos.com.
 
 

SOURCE Tripos, Inc.
    ST. LOUIS, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Tripos, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRPS) announced
 today the introduction of Auspyx(TM), a data cartridge that gives researchers
 the power to store and search chemical structures directly inside Oracle 8i
 databases. Auspyx makes Oracle "chemically aware," extending Oracle's syntax
 to provide access to the 2D, 3D, and similarity searching capabilities of
 Tripos' industry-leading UNITY(R) chemical searching software.
     Auspyx addresses the historical limitation of relational databases --
 their inability to store chemical structures -- and enables Oracle to manage
 and operate on this chemistry data as easily as it works with other types of
 data. Using Auspyx, life science researchers can now store chemical
 structures, assay results, and physical properties in a single location,
 eliminating the need to synchronize multiple databases. In a single database
 query, Auspyx allows researchers to locate molecules whose structures make
 them suitable drug candidates with characteristics that increase the
 likelihood they can be successfully developed into drugs.
     "Oracle relational databases have traditionally been an important asset
 for research organizations seeking to expedite the discovery and development
 of new products. Auspyx makes these databases of even greater value,
 accelerating drug discovery by integrating access to chemical structures and
 relational data," stated Dr. Trevor Heritage, senior vice president-discovery
 technology at Tripos. "By incorporating chemical perception into Oracle,
 Auspyx creates true relational databases for chemistry that can be mined to
 enable information-guided research decisions."
     "Auspyx is ideal for companies that need a solution for storing and
 searching both chemical and relational data, or that need to convert a legacy
 system not equipped to handle both types of data," said Dr. Paul Weber, vice
 president and general manager, software consulting services at Tripos. "Tripos
 recognizes that diverse and constantly changing needs make it impractical to
 provide "out of the box" solutions to fit every organization's work flow.
 Using industry-standard development tools like Java, Visual Basic, and C++,
 companies with internal resources can integrate Auspyx as a key component of
 their registration, inventory, and cheminformatics systems. For organizations
 that need assistance, Tripos software consulting services can readily develop
 applications to meet their specific informatics requirements."
 
     Tripos (http://www.tripos.com) is a leading provider of discovery research
 software and services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and other life
 sciences companies worldwide. The company is dedicated to simplifying and
 accelerating the discovery of new products in the pharmaceutical and related
 industries.  Tripos offers "chemically intelligent" discovery software tools
 to manage, analyze, and share biological and chemical information; systems
 integration and other software consulting services; diverse chemical libraries
 and contract research for the discovery, synthesis and characterization of new
 chemical compounds that are active in biological systems.
 
     Contact:  Denise Beusen, Ph.D., Discovery Software Marketing Manager of
 Tripos, Inc, 314-647-1099, dbeusen@tripos.com.
 
 SOURCE  Tripos, Inc.