Press release | 29th May 2009

University of Cambridge Selects IDBS as Their Data Management Provider and Commences a Significant R&D Collaboration

Guildford and Cambridge, UK, May 29, 2009 – IDBS, a leading provider of innovative data management solutions for research science, announces the formation of a strategic relationship with the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. The Department has selected IDBS’ E-WorkBook as its Chemistry Electronic Laboratory Notebook and the two organizations have begun a collaborative R&D initiative which will provide both organizations with significant cheminformatics assets and opportunities.

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge will deploy IDBS’ E-WorkBook and IDBS’ suite of chemistry technologies across its broad spectrum of research areas and will use the system as a platform for many of its on-going national, and international collaborative programmes. IDBS and the Department of Chemistry will also set up a joint research and development effort which will play a significant role in bringing many of the most promising new cheminformatics technologies to the market through IDBS products.

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge is an internationally renowned centre of excellence in chemistry and chemical computing. It is a leader in semantic chemistry technologies and in the use and development of Chemical Mark-Up Language (CML), which represents the emerging global lexicon of chemical computing. The use and on-going development of IDBS’ chemical technology platform through this R&D collaboration will encompass many of these important new areas, including new approaches to structure authoring, drawing and representation, annotation, context-rich chemical ontologies, polymer support and the application of the electronic workbook environment as a tool to enhance research excellence.

Neil Kipling, founder and CEO of IDBS said: “This comprehensive, long-term relationship with the University of Cambridge Department of Chemistry proves the existing strength of the E-WorkBook platform for chemistry and offers unparalleled potential for development of our chemistry technologies for the future. We are delighted to be chosen as the data management platform for the Department and to be working so closely with world leaders in cheminformatics.”

Professor Steven Ley, CBE, FRS, said of the relationship: “The professional management of chemical information is now essential in a modern laboratory. This partnership will provide the environment whereby experimental data is captured and retained in such a way that it can be searched electronically by its chemical context. It provides the opportunity to apply advanced chemical informatics methods, many of which have been developed in this laboratory, to extract chemical information. IDBS were chosen as a partner not only for the power and functionality of their software and flexibility to integrate with utilities developed at Cambridge, but also their willingness to cooperate in the development of novel solutions to underpin chemistry research programmes.”

About the University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge was established nearly 800 years ago and is made up of 31 colleges and more than a hundred departments. Cambridge is one of the top-ranking universities in the world. Its mission is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. At the heart of that mission are its core values of freedom of thought and expression and freedom from discrimination.

The University of Cambridge has been the birthplace and touchstone for many of the most significant scientific breakthroughs since science began. As Cambridge enters its eight hundredth anniversary year in 2009 its eyes are firmly on the future, and ensuring that the modern University continues to be a leading international centre for study and research. Find out more at

About IDBS

IDBS is a trusted provider of integrated data management software and service solutions to both the life science and non-life science industries. The company’s ActivityBase and E-WorkBook Suites provide gold standard chemistry and biology data support from target validation to GxP validated phases of the R&D process. The company supports long term relationships with the leading research organizations, maximizing the value of research data by enabling the capture, storage, sharing and use of data, while protecting intellectual property across the spectrum of research activities.

Headquartered in Guildford, UK, IDBS has worldwide coverage, with U.S. offices in California, New Jersey and Massachusetts, consultancy teams across Europe and a network which delivers IDBS products and advisory services across Asia. Founded in 1989, IDBS employs more than 170 people worldwide.

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