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SciFinder® Now Offers API Capabilities



                    SciFinder® Now Offers API Capabilities

  PR Newswire

  COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 25, 2013

- Scientists from partner organizations benefit from integration with internal
tools and data

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Chemical Abstracts Service
(CAS), the world's authority for chemical information, announced today that
the SciFinder® interface now enables a range of APIs designed to streamline
researchers' workflows. CAS has collaborated with several customers to develop
API support for reaction, substance and reference searching.

CAS is initially offering this functionality to customers in the corporate
market. The available web services will access SciFinder to search CAS
databases for chemical information providing a means to seamlessly integrate a
customer's internal tools and systems with SciFinder.

"Scientists tell us that SciFinder is often where their work starts, and it is
also a constant companion as they go through the research process," said Chris
McCue, CAS vice president, marketing. "When evaluating leads; analyzing
synthetic pathways; researching other studies; and validating novelty,
scientists want to be more effective in sharing information from SciFinder
across internal platforms and tools. We are excited to better empower
scientists with more variability in how they integrate vital CAS content with
their internal data collections and systems. This new functionality will save
time, reduce data recording errors and help produce better results overall." 

Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a global biotechnology company based in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, has recently successfully integrated SciFinder with internal
workflows supporting drug discovery research, providing Vertex scientists with
links to specific patents based on select substances of interest to the
company. 

"Information integration is a key component of the Vertex informatics
infrastructure," said Pat Walters, principal research fellow, and group head
of computational sciences at Vertex. "By creating links between internal data
and external sources, we can provide our scientists with rapid access to
information that might have otherwise been overlooked. SciFinder has been an
important research tool at Vertex for many years.  Integrating with our
research applications is a natural next step and will enable our scientists to
more easily keep abreast of vital information.  The API enables us to
seamlessly link our drug discovery data with the organized, high quality and
current information from CAS."

Organizations that would like to learn more may do so by contacting their CAS
sales representative or the CAS Customer Center at help@cas.org .  

Chemical Abstracts Service ( www.cas.org ), a division of the American
Chemical Society, is the world's authority for chemical information. CAS is
the only organization in the world whose objective is to find, collect and
organize all publicly disclosed chemical substance information. A team of
scientists worldwide curates and controls the quality of the databases, which
are recognized as the most comprehensive and authoritative by organizations
around the world. By combining these databases with advanced search and
analysis technologies ( SciFinder® and STN® ), CAS delivers the most current,
complete, secure and interlinked digital information environment for
scientific discovery.

Website: http://www.cas.org
Contact: Rhonda Ross, +1-614-447-3624, cas-pr@cas.org
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