Breaking The Chemical Mold
Wed, 07/02/2008 - 4:42am
ArtusLabs Inc. www.artuslabs.com has entered into a partnership with Boston Universitys Center for Chemical Methodology and Library Development (CMLD) to develop a way to standardize and expand the way in which stereochemistry, and ultimately 3-D structures, are represented in the International Chemical Identifier (InChI™). According to these organizations, this project will influence chemical drawing and library management capabilities throughout the industry. ArtusLabs is a technology company aiming to deliver scientific data management software, whereas the Center for CMLD at Boston University-funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences-is focused on the discovery of new methodologies to produce novel chemical libraries of unprecedented complexity for biological screening. The center seeks to create novel chemical libraries that probe 3-D space by employing stereochemical and positional variation within the molecular framework as diversity elements for library design. Professor Scott Schaus at Boston University and Robin Smith, CEO of ArtusLabs, are jointly responsible for the inception and creation of this project. The research will be conducted at Boston University with collaborative input from ArtusLabs. "Were excited to bring our collective expertise together to expand an important open standard within the chemical industry," says Smith. The company believes this is expected to be the first of many collaborative efforts between ArtusLabs Inc. and academic institutions.