Symyx Technologies has announced the launch of hosted informatics software to researchers working in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical industries and academia. The new hosted offerings, to be accessed via a software-as-a-service business model, will combine Symyx software with data archiving capabilities in a secure, state-of-the-art data hosting and communications facility. The hosted informatics environment will enable more R&D organisations to benefit from scientific software by reducing the requirements for information technology (IT) infrastructure and resources, lowering total cost of ownership and accelerating ELN deployment.
Initially, Symyx Notebook is being made available as a hosted electronic lab notebook (ELN) service enabling medicinal chemists, synthetic chemists and biologists to manage, explore, share and reuse experimental information and intellectual property (IP). Using a hosted ELN service, R&D organisations can deploy and leverage the electronic notebook quickly and efficiently without added IT infrastructure and resources while collaborating more effectively with partners in today's information-driven R&D environment.
In developing the hosted ELN service, Symyx is using the company's extensive operational experience with the DiscoveryGate content platform. DiscoveryGate has been delivering hosted scientific information from millions of publications to hundreds of companies worldwide for over seven years. This unique software hosting experience positions Symyx to manage compound registration, inventory, work request and ELN systems successfully in a secure hosted environment.
The hosted informatics infrastructure provided by Symyx will be supported by Switch Communications Group, an information storage and protection specialist. The standard hosted ELN service includes all installation, configuration, software and hardware maintenance and data back-ups for a fixed yearly fee.