Daily Archives: 6th October 2015


Coming soon: API 2.0

Our planned maintenance on 16 October is part of our preparation for the release of version 2.0 of the Open PHACTS API later this month. This will be accompanied by a major data refresh, with all-new sources added to Open PHACTS.

We will then be decommissioning version 1.4 of the API by the end of November 2015. If you haven’t yet upgraded to version 1.5 of the API, and have any questions or concerns about doing so, please let us know.

You can also let us know your thoughts about the API in our survey.


Publication: Managing expectations: assessment of chemistry databases generated by automated extraction of chemical structures from patents

First public disclosure of new chemical entities often takes place in patents, which makes them an important source of information. However, with an ever increasing number of patent applications, manual processing and curation on such a large scale becomes even more challenging. An alternative approach better suited for this large corpus of documents is the automated extraction of chemical structures. A number of patent chemistry databases generated by using the latter approach are now available but little is known that can help to manage expectations when using them. This study aims to address this by comparing two such freely available sources, SureChEMBL and IBM SIIP (IBM Strategic Intellectual Property Insight Platform), with manually curated commercial databases.

Stefan Senger, Luca Bartek, George Papadatos, Anna Gaulton

Full publication: Journal of Cheminformatics, Volume 7:49, October 2015