LONDON / SAN DIEGO, CA – 26 MARCH 2012

SureChem, a patent chemistry product line of Digital Science, today introduced SureChemOpen, a new free access option for researchers needing a more effective means of searching the patent literature. The announcement was made in line with the American Chemical Society’s Spring Meeting, held in San Diego, CA.

SureChemOpen provides free access to the complete SureChem database of chemical structures and full text patents. This unique resource integrates patent chemistry into the online scientific research community, enabling linking of patents with other key public and proprietary chemistry data sources.

SureChemOpen is launching in beta mode, open to all users, with additional features planned for release in the coming weeks. In addition to searching by chemical structure and keyword, users will be able to link to SureChem structures that also occur in Royal Society of Chemistry journals and its free ChemSpider chemistry database. The Royal Society of Chemistry is the first of many SureChem content partners working toward a more open, federated chemical information network.

“Patents are a key research resource, and we believe this data should be widely accessible,” says Nicko Goncharoff, Director of SureChem. “Drug discovery is no longer solely the province of big pharma, with academic and non-profit research institutions, small biotechs and contract research organisations getting increasingly involved. SureChem offers a way for researchers throughout industry and academia to easily access patent chemistry at the levels they require.”

SureChemOpen is the first part of a re-launch of the SureChem product line, offering improved data coverage and a wide range of features and functionalities based on extensive customer feedback. SureChemOpen will be followed by SureChemPro – a fully-featured web app designed for regular patent chemistry users – and SureChemDirect, an enterprise solution that enables integration of the complete SureChem database with internal tools and workflows.

For more information on the line of products as well as finding out how to become a SureChem content partner, visit www.surechem.com.