Infotrieve Introduces the Life Science Research Center
News May 25, 2005
Infotrieve has announced the immediate availability of the company's Life Science Research Center™(LSRC), a web-based information research tool that aims to provide scientists with one-stop search access to critical information that impacts scientific workflow.
The LSRC was designed to simplify research by eliminating the need for logins to multiple information sources including scientific literature, patents, pipeline news, product catalogs and experimental protocol databases, and by automatically displaying relationships between search results. "LSRC was designed by scientists for scientists and R&D managers," said Wes Crews, president and CEO of Infotrieve.
"The Life Science Research Center is the first solution that researchers at biotech and pharma companies can use to easily conduct aggregated searches, using one login from a single access point, of independent sources including millions of full-text journal articles, as well as book chapters, patent databases, gene banks, experimental protocols, news publications, drug pipeline information and even laboratory product catalogs."
"LSRC simplifies the way researchers access and prioritize information, and it also helps to identify important relationships between data, for example between a journal article and a patent," said Dr. Paul Rennert, senior scientist, department of immunology, Biogen Idec. "No other tool allows you to see, in one place using a single search, patents, protocols, tools and papers related to any scientific subject."
According to Infotrieve, researchers logged into the LSRC search keywords within full text using an intuitive user interface. Searching across multiple sources of information and within the full text of journal articles saves time and money because researchers can better determine which content is most useful to read or purchase. Searches made specific to life science categories or within areas of research can be narrowed to include results by organism, disease or gene, and search data can be easily exported to citation managers.
To help researchers identify relationships between data, common themes are automatically identified and clustered within the search results, and references to entities such as anatomy and chemicals are extracted from the full text and displayed with the results. LSRC uses UMLS, the National Library of Medicine's metathesaurus, to provide results for both search terms and their synonyms.
To meet specific needs of research organizations, LSRC is designed to be customized to include secure searching of external and internal corporate data sources as well as personalized for both individuals and collaborative workgroups. Crews added, "LSRC is designed for pharma and biotechnology companies that want to streamline information access, maximize the ways in which data can be used, and improve productivity."