Elsevier MDL releases MDL® Assay Explorer® 3.1

Assay Explorer for Excel enables project teams to make better decisions faster

San Ramon, CA - January 3, 2007 - Elsevier MDL has released MDL® Assay Explorer® 3.1, an enhanced version of the powerful life science experiment management tool that allows biologists to capture methodology and to manage results within one flexible system. The new release features Assay Explorer for Excel, which allows biologists to create, view and analyze experiments in a familiar spreadsheet environment while capturing the data in a central repository, enabling project teams to make better decisions faster.

"Scientists conducting lead optimization experiments, whether for toxic effects or pharmacokinetics, commonly use Microsoft® Excel® to capture and calculate their data," said Dr. Trevor Heritage, senior vice president and chief scientific officer of Elsevier MDL. "When these valuable results don’t make it into the corporate database, the organization's collective decision making suffers. With Assay Explorer for Excel, scientists can create and view experiments directly in Excel while maintaining consistent terminology and calculations through Assay Explorer and storing results immediately to the Assay Explorer database."

As part of the Assay Explorer analysis package, Assay Explorer for Excel includes the same comprehensive set of curve fitting routines appropriate for data collected during lead generation and lead optimization experiments. Assay Explorer 3.1 is ideal for biologists conducting non-plate-based experiments since they already use Excel. This familiarity is a time saver for scientists because there is virtually no learning curve; data is captured, calculated, analyzed and saved to a database directly from Excel. Scientists use the native Excel functionality they already know, such as sorting, graphing and calculations. The time saved frees the scientist to focus on their primary objective: conducting laboratory experiments.

MDL Assay Explorer is a powerful, customizable and extensible biological data management system that provides biologists with the unparalleled ability to capture, analyze and store all of their experimental results within an Oracle® database. Custom curve fitting routines accelerate the analysis of dose response curves. Every member of a project team can access data generated by their group to ensure the sharing of all experimental data needed to reach project goals. For more information about this time-saving solution, contact your Elsevier MDL account manager or visit www.mdl.com.


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