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Thomson Reuters Links Drug Discovery and Literature Citation Databases

Thomson Reuters ( announced it has connected its drug discovery database, Prous Science Integrity, to Web of Knowledge, its research platform ( Prous Science Integrity, the largest commercial database available on bioactive compounds, is designed to support the drug discovery and development activities for thousands of pharmacologists and medicinal chemists as well as other scientific researchers. Thomson acquired Prous Science ( in September 2007.

New developments to Prous Science Integrity advance the way users search and export information within the database and allow users to access full-text literature through a number of sources. The enhancements will enable the following:

  • Support management of research findings with new literature tools, including new export formats (EndNote, Reference Manager, and RefWorks) and links to Web of Knowledge, as well as providing users with direct access to full-text scientific articles that are part of their company's internal holdings via OpenURL link resolver technologies.
  • Accelerate scientific insights into the relationship of drug mechanisms, patents, and experimental pharmacology results via integrated content and visualizations.
  • Enhance searching capabilities to identify relevant biomarker uses through new search fields-for example, finding biomarkers that can predict the efficacy of drugs with a particular mechanism of action.

Source: Thomson Reuters

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