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New Clarivate Analytics and The Pistoia Alliance report outlines life science trends and priorities for 2019
- 09 Jan 2019

The Pistoia Alliance, a global, not-for-profit alliance that works to lower barriers to innovation in life sciences R&D, has announced key trends for the life science industry in 2019 based on The Life Sciences Innovation Report, developed with Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation. According to the report, multi-disciplinary innovation, the implementation of new technologies, new approaches to research, the digitisation of R&D and healthcare, and academic contributions to biologics drug R&D are all key trends in the life sciences industry.

Members of The Pistoia Alliance helped to create the report, which includes analysis driven by Cortellis, a suite of intelligence solutions for drug development and commercialisation provided by Clarivate Analytics. Key contributors include executives from leading life science organisations such as Cancer Research UK, GlaxoSmithKline, AbbVie, and Diavics. The overarching theme of all emerging trends for 2019 is the continuing need for greater cross-industry collaboration to realise the potential in these areas.

According to the findings of the report, innovation is being driven via collaboration from multiple industry stakeholders. The emergence and development of new tools like nanosensors, bi-specific antibodies and computational biology have highlighted the success that can be achieved from collaboration between researchers and organisations across a range of disciplines. This trend will continue in 2019.

Technologies are being adopted to advance drug research. The report findings show budgets will continue to increase to allow for new technological advances, including the use of artificial intelligence in R&D decision making. Research from The Pistoia Alliance has already shown growth in the implementation of AI and blockchain.

Further, the report notes that new types of research are coming to the forefront. Research in precision medicine, immunotherapy and the microbiome are opening up new discovery pathways. Alongside genomic research, these new approaches will provide a more refined understanding of diseases, better diagnoses and improvements to treatment.

Digitisation of R&D and healthcare will increase, says the report. R&D functions are already beginning to adopt large-scale use of cloud-based platforms, but this will accelerate this year. Mobile computing is poised to support the digitisation of health in combination with drug therapy, as well as through stand-alone therapies.

Additionally, the report notes that academia is increasingly contributing to biologics R&D. Academia has already made significant contributions to scientific innovation across genetic and cellular therapies, with antibodies, CAR-T and CRISPR-Cas9 all leading to new approaches to potential novel biological therapies. The role of academia will become more vital as researchers look to expand on existing research.

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CAB Direct and ORCID integrate to help authors identify and claim their publications
- 25 Jul 2018

CABI has announced that its CAB Direct platform, a gateway to the most thorough and extensive source of reference in the applied life sciences, now supports ORCID, giving authors an easy way to identify and claim their publications.

ORCID provides researchers with a personal, persistent identifier or iD, distinguishing each from every other researcher. The ORCID system is used globally and has over five million registered users.

CAB Direct has over 12 million records and indexes more than 350,000 new articles every year from over 3,600 publishers in 120 countries, including non-English titles and journals published by smaller independent publishers, as well as grey literature, conference proceedings, and open access publications.

The new integration between CAB Direct and ORCID enables authors to claim publication types indexed in CAB Direct, including journal articles, conference proceedings, and grey literature.

The ORCID button, which appears in the Actions tool bar, allows authors of publications indexed in CAB Direct to confirm their authorship with a simple click. Using CAB Direct's personalisation feature, My CABI, users connect their ORCID account and export the metadata of their publications from CAB Direct into their ORCID account. At the same time, the author's ORCID iD is added alongside their name in the relevant abstracts. My CABI also builds a portfolio of claimed publications in each user's My Works section, making it easy for authors to see the titles they have exported from CAB Direct.

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New edition of CAB Thesaurus published
- 22 Aug 2014

The 2014 edition of the CAB Thesaurus, which covers agriculture, life sciences, human health, and related subjects, was published on July 21, 2014. The web site at http://www.cabi.org/cabthesaurus/ has been updated and the new thesaurus has been integrated in all of CABI's publishing processes.

Some of the changes since the previous edition was published in September 2012 include: all 1300 full datasheets in the Aquaculture Compendium were reviewed and missing species, diseases names, etc. were added; Reptiles were completely reviewed and many species added and taxonomy corrected; complete revision of Miridae, plant bugs, which are important plant pests; Chromista have been incorporated, many higher level taxa have been moved about, changed or added accordingly; all plant disease common names have been standardized as used in the Crop Protection Compendium; revised all algae, which hadn't been tackled in many years. Many new species have been added and taxonomy fixed according to AlgaeBase; fixed chemical hierarchies to correct inconsistencies; improved the SKOS output; updated sample data files for download. The full thesaurus files are available in several formats on request; the total number of terms has grown by 5.7% to 264,518. The CAB Thesaurus is available in eleven languages; and there are many individual changes to taxonomy of scientific names, and many terms have been added according to user requests.

The next edition of the thesaurus is planned for early 2016. Many things are on the agenda, the most important of which include publishing the thesaurus as Linked Open Data, revising plant hierarchies according to the APG III system, adding outstanding species from the MEDANI (Medical and Veterinary Arthropod Name Index) database, expanding coverage of vector-borne diseases, and restoring the structure of the classified thesaurus last published in 1999 in addition to the current thesaurus structure.

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Thomson Reuters announces new content milestones for its Cortellis platform
- 25 Jul 2013

The IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced a series of industry-first milestones in its Cortellis platform. Cortellis, the premier source of life sciences competitive intelligence information and analytics, has reached new content milestones with more than 50,000 investigational drugs, 400,000 bioactive compounds, and six million biologically active patents. In total, the solution contains over 15 million expert, human-curated reports featuring deal information, patents, literature and clinical trials data.

The Cortellis milestones are in addition to new data being integrated into the platform as a result of three recent acquisitions. These include Deloitte Recap, the leading biopharmaceutical provider of life science deals, acquisitions data and analytics; BioWorld and Medical Device Daily, premiere daily news sources in the biopharma and medical device industries; and Timely Data Resources, the esteemed provider of epidemiology information for biopharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers, universities and research institutions.

Thomson Reuters employs a rigorous review process for each investigational drug featured in Cortellis. The editorial team combs through two-to-three years' worth of information, compiling a unique profile that includes basic drug information as well as recent news articles, publications, events, and more. Users benefit from an all-in-one-place summary of the compound, without having to spend days researching and parsing information on their own.

Reports on trials, literature, patents and deals are also manually curated and revised daily by industry experts to ensure they contain the most up-to-date competitive intelligence from over 40,000 sources. In addition to providing sophisticated analytics and visualizations within Cortellis, the platform also has an open architecture that allows information to be easily incorporated into other software solutions and customer workflows to enable faster decision making.

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Global Health database from CABI hits 2 million records
- 15 Oct 2012

Not-for-profit life sciences publisher CABI has announced that its specialist bibliographic, abstracting and indexing database, Global Health, now has over 2 million records. Derived from over 6,000 journals, reports, books and conferences, the open serials policy and coverage of international and grey literature mean that over 50 percent of the serials in Global Health are unique to the database. Proceedings, theses, electronic only publications and other difficult-to-obtain sources are all included dating from 1973 to the present. The Global Health database also hosts nearly 30,000 full text papers from difficult to find journals, reports and conferences.

Over 160,000 records are selected and added to the database every year, with over 95 percent including an abstract. Publications come from over 100 countries in 50 languages and an English abstract is created for all relevant non-English-language papers to provide access to research not available through any other database. The unique blend of content available on Global Health has quickly made it an essential resource for researchers, policymakers and practitioners in public health, international health and related areas working nationally and internationally.

As a companion to the Global Health database CABI has also created the popular Global Health Archive, available as a one-off purchase. The archive includes almost 800,000 records dating from 1910 to 1972.

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CABI re-index improves searching and retrieval for database products
- 20 Apr 2012

Not-for-profit life sciences publisher CABI has announced that more than 9 million records on CAB Direct have been re-indexed to bring them into line with the controlled vocabulary of the updated 2011 CAB Thesaurus. This has standardised indexing and searching across all database records from 1910 to the present day, enabling the retrieval of all records for an organism or concept using the current up-to-date name, despite the fact that over time it may have been indexed using older names or terminology.

CABI also added more than 415,000 new Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to older database records, which allows a direct click through to the original publisher record and often to the full text article.

According to Janet Halsall, Head of Publishing Operations, CABI, this re-indexing has improved the database products by adding extra searchability and more links out to newly digitised source material. This includes DOIs for journal articles indexed by CABI back through time to 1910. Customers can now click through to the original journal article which has since been digitised by the publisher.

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CAB Thesaurus grows 40 percent in one year to include 137,000 terms
- 04 Aug 2011

Not-for-profit life sciences publisher CABI, UK, has announced that the CAB Thesaurus has had its biggest update in 30 years. The Thesaurus, projected as a comprehensive controlled vocabulary covering applied life sciences and related subject areas, has reportedly grown 40 percent in just one year. It now includes nearly 137,000 terms.

The resource contains the scientific names and synonyms for pest- and disease-causing organisms, birds, mammals, insects and other species and details the relationships between them. It seeks to play a vital role in ensuring the quality and consistency of all content produced by CABI. It is also licensed by CABI to a wide variety of other organisations to categorise and index their own content.

Additions to the new edition include 10,000 nematode species mentioned in CABI online databases (http://www.cabdirect.org); world lists of birds, mammals, sucking lice (Anoplura) and trichodectid chewing lice (Mallophaga), with synonyms; complete revisions to the existing taxonomic hierarchies in the thesaurus of dinoflagellates and algae; and 7,275 new insect species from the Medani database, which contains species of veterinary and medical importance.

It is projected that the CAB Thesaurus will double in size in the next five years, and several innovations will be introduced to make it much more than just a controlled vocabulary. The most important of these will be to include semantic features into the thesaurus to make it fit for new CABI products and for wider use as part of the semantic web.

The CAB Thesaurus is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and is currently being translated in its entirety into Farsi.

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Pubget revamps Pubget.com
- 29 Jul 2011

Pubget Inc has announced the launch of the latest version of Pubget.com, the search engine for life science PDFs. Pubget.com beta, launched in 2008 at Harvard, MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital, was created to eliminate the roadblocks faced by ten million researchers in their daily search for life science literature.

The latest launch represents the most significant redesign since the site's inception. The improvements change look, feel and workflow. Unchanged are the site's search, authentication and retrieval capabilities, and millions of direct paths to publisher content as supported by over 450 libraries.

While the web brought the most important published scientific research online, it has remained locked behind a variety of content sites and paywalls, it has been observed. Pubget makes that research instantly accessible through connecting disparate resources together in the cloud, or 'cloud sourcing,' while still respecting copyrights.

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FASEB launches online tool to connect researchers and suppliers
- 06 May 2011

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) recently announced the launch of an online tool aimed at bridging the gap between the more than 100,000 members of FASEB's 23 member societies and biomedical supply companies.

FASEB has partnered with web publishing company MultiView, Inc. to create the Life Science Marketplace, an online directory containing only products and services from the experimental biology field. The directory will feature only products and services aimed towards helping biomedical researchers and companies find the most cost-effective and convenient business tools.

The Marketplace provides consumers with a clutter-free way to browse for goods and services, searching only within the parameters of the experimental biology field. Professionals can utilise either a basic search by keyword or an advanced search using a company name, exact phrase or geographic location. Vendors now have the ability to present their catalogue of products directly to those industry specific buyers they have been looking to target.

Listed suppliers can further connect with users through a Completed Listing, featuring: contact information, a quick e-mail option, location and links to the company's website and social media pages. Suppliers also have the option to highlight specific products in the Product Showcase section of the Marketplace.

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Pubget announces availability of latest search solution - Pubget Repositories
- 25 Feb 2011

Pubget Inc, the search engine for life science pdfs, has announced the availability of its latest search solution, Pubget Repositories. Repositories claims to be the first federated search solution for online and locally stored content that uses Pubget's patent-pending Path Engine. It is specifically built for how life scientists work.

The Pubget Path Engine brings together full text access to subscription, open access and local papers in one search platform. This provides R&D departments a copyright-compliant outlet for easily searching and discovering accessible content.

According to Pubget, Repositories will save life science corporations funds by eliminating unnecessary document deliver orders for papers they can redistribute. Pubget's figures show that enterprises can save about 20 percent on their document delivery budgets. In addition, this simpler process will save time and administrative work for both researchers and librarians.

The patent-pending Pubget Path Engine, which enables instantaneous location of all accessible documents through federated search, increases productivity of R&D departments, through accelerated document discovery. With Repositories, researchers can find the documents they need in one-step and browse related documents at the same time.

Pubget will soon be announcing the date and time of a webinar to further educate R&D leaders and information professionals on the benefits of Repositories.

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New platform for CABI Compendia makes information easier to access and use
- 01 Dec 2010

Life sciences publisher CABI has re-launched the critically acclaimed Compendia products on a new platform and with new content. The initiative is expected to make it easier for subscribers to access and use expert, encyclopaedic information covering the economic species of the world.

The re-launched Compendia now feature a clearer layout and a powerful new search engine that make it easier to find specific information, as well as to browse. The platform also allows for more dynamic updating. There are also links to a vast resource of carefully selected content on the web and access to well-categorised library documents.

CABI's Compendia, which cover crop protection, animal health and production, forestry and aquaculture are encyclopaedic, mixed-media tools that bring together scientific information from experts around the world. The information is collated, evaluated, organised and presented as a single resource that includes thousands of detailed datasheets, case studies, full-text journal and conference articles, and access to hundreds of thousands of bibliographic records.

The Compendia are supported by an international development consortium of both public- and private-sector organisations.

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CABI's full-text articles now total 100,000
- 30 Nov 2010

Life sciences publisher CABI, UK, has announced that it now has 100,000 full-text articles available to subscribers of its leading databases on CAB Direct.

CABI started its full-text programme four years ago, and is now adding 33,000 articles, including journal papers and conference proceedings, each year. The full-text records are integrated into all CABI's databases, including CAB Abstracts, Global Health, and all CABI's Internet Resources and Abstract Journal subsets. This means that any subscriber to a CABI product has automatic access to all correlating full text material.

CAB Direct claims to be the most extensive source of reference in the applied life sciences, incorporating the leading bibliographic databases CAB Abstracts and Global Health. It contains over 9 million bibliographic records and 100,000 full-text articles.

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Ingenuity Systems and Sage Bionetworks announce new collaboration
- 17 Nov 2010

Ingenuity Systems, a provider of information solutions for life science researchers, has announced a new collaboration with Sage Bionetworks, a nonprofit medical research organisation focusing on predictive disease network research.

Under the collaboration, Sage will leverage IPA, Ingenuity's industry-leading analysis software, and the Ingenuity Knowledge Base of structured biomedical Findings, to inform and enhance Sage's predictive disease networks. Additionally, Sage's web portal will provide links to the Ingenuity Knowledge Base and to IPA, to help visitors access timely, context-rich biomedical information and better understand it in a biological context. Sage's content, algorithms, and predictive disease networks will also be made available within Ingenuity products like IPA.

The Ingenuity-Sage collaboration will support therapeutic area researchers who are working to understand the complex developments in the diagnosis, treatment, and etiology of diseases. Researchers will be able to use the content and algorithms from Sage within IPA to analyse molecular data, generate testable hypotheses, and build and visualise predictive disease models. These models will enable researchers to more rapidly identify and prioritise therapeutic targets for drug development and assess toxicity of potential drug candidates.

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CABI opens large number of CAB Direct’s life sciences abstracts to Google search engine
- 04 Nov 2010

Life-sciences publisher Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI), UK, and online publishing services provider Semantico Ltd., UK, have announced the completion of a project to open a large number of CAB Direct's life sciences abstracts to the Google search engine. With this move, CABI seeks to vastly increase the visibility of the essential information the platform provides. Its immediate effect has been to more than double the usage of the CAB Direct platform.

Google can now fully search and index the abstracts, making them findable for millions of readers worldwide. The platform recognises when a user has accessed the site via Google and will allow them to view a defined amount of content for free before prompting them to log in, if their institution already has a subscription to the site, or suggesting that they register as an individual user for access to the full content.

CAB Direct claims to be the most thorough and extensive source of reference in the applied life sciences, incorporating the leading bibliographic databases CAB Abstracts and Global Health. The platform provides a single point of access to all of the CABI database subscriptions. Users can search from over 9 million bibliographic records, over 97,000 full text articles, plus authoritative reviews, news articles and reports.

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Pubget launches Pubget Mobile
- 08 Sep 2010

Pubget, the search engine for life science PDFs, has announced the launch of Pubget Mobile (pubget.com/mobile) to provide user with faster access to the full text of STM literature.

The one-click interface, institutional sign-on and standardised PDF format make Pubget Mobile different from other research portals. These features empower users to navigate across full text content with fewer clicks.

Pubget indexes nearly 20 million life science research documents, including those in PubMed. Pubget solves the problem of full-text document access in life science research. Instead of search results linking to papers, with Pubget's proprietary technology, the search results are the papers. Once users find the papers they want, they can save, manage and share them - all online.

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Ariadne and Aureus Pharma join forces to deliver knowledge management solutions for life sciences industry
- 26 May 2010

Bioinformatics firm Ariadne, US, and Aureus Pharma have announced a partnership to deliver leading knowledge management solutions for the life sciences industry. Ariadne will also distribute Aureus' offerings in the US. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The two companies will initiate a collaboration to explore together further synergies between their respective knowledge management solutions and more particularly the interfaces between the protein pathway space and medicinal chemistry. Such interfaces will help customers to better understand mechanisms of actions between therapeutic proteins, protein pathways and small molecules and provide new insights in the disease biology area.

The collaboration will establish confidence between researchers in disease biology and medicinal chemistry that the technologies they use and deploy in their specific environments provide continuity in the pipeline discovery process, align common goals in knowledge management and increase scientific comprehension between these two groups.

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Elsevier launches new textbook initiative with Cell Press
- 10 Dec 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of a new textbook initiative for the life sciences - called ‘Academic Cell’ - at the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology. The first title, Molecular Biology by David P. Clark, has now been published. More titles will follow in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Elsevier/Academic Press and Cell Press have been publishing life science research discoveries via books and journals for a while now. Academic Cell, the new textbook initiative, brings together these two publishing brands. It is positioned as a line of textbooks that fully integrates the benefits of a traditional textbook framework and primary literature reflecting what is happening in research today.

With the purchase of every copy of an Academic Cell textbook, students will be able to access an online study guide containing relevant Cell Press articles. They are also given bridge material to ease them into research material. In addition, images from the articles will be available in PowerPoint, with optional test questions.

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