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Symyx Notebook Release Supports Workflow Productivity for Analytical Chemists and Biologists

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Symyx Technologies, Inc. has announced the release of Symyx Notebook 6.1 supporting analytical chemistry and biology workflows. This second major release of Symyx Notebook meets the needs of scientists for capturing, querying, and reporting on numerous experimental methods and data across the highly variable spectrum of experimentation encountered by analytical chemists and biologists, the company believes.

“R&D organizations often repeat experiments simply because it is easier and faster to rerun them than to find them,” said Trevor Heritage, president of Symyx Software.

“Symyx Notebook 6.1 changes that, and makes it easy to find the right information quickly. Scientists can leverage and share experimental notebook entries across project teams, departments, and contract research organizations. Analytical chemists and biologists can capture data directly from laboratory instruments, ensuring accurate, consistent data collection. Most importantly, they can put prior experience to work by quickly and easily locating, sharing, and learning from past experiments,” Heritage said.

Symyx Notebook 6.1 offers time savings along with improved data collection, security and compliance in an enterprise electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) that is configurable to meet the needs of many scientific disciplines out-of-the-box in regulated and non-regulated environments. Chemists can draw and edit complex chemical structures with ease directly in their notebooks using Symyx Draw 3.1 software, which is embedded in Symyx Notebook.

Flexible notebook templates and text searching support the creation and querying of experimental write-ups for any audience. Scientists can generate materials tables by entering data manually into Symyx Notebook, capturing data directly from lab balances, or taking advantage of Symyx Notebook’s auto-fill data population capability.

Integration with laboratory information management systems and data repositories such as Waters NuGenesis® scientific data management system accelerate the transfer of analytical results into notebook documents while simultaneously reducing data transcription and omission errors.

By augmenting experimental write-ups with hyperlinks to many related experiments, Symyx Notebook 6.1 makes it possible to trace the reuse of materials from one experiment to another and identify experiments that have been referenced in colleagues’ work.

Workflow tools in Symyx Notebook 6.1 streamline document reviews by automatically highlighting invalid or overridden data, out-of-range values, and required fields that lack data entries.

R&D organizations can control read-and-write security at the template, section, or document level. Enterprise-level security, comprehensive versioning and 21CFR11-compliant electronic signatures and audit trails support good practices (GxP) compliance in both regulated and non-regulated environments.