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We deliver on-demand scientific data and analytics so you can discover and develop innovative, targeted drugs

Realizing the potential of data-driven drug discovery & development is time and resource intensive. Success requires connecting, combining and using data from disparate sources and enabling the right context for data.

How we help
We are a global leader in scientific data and analytics, offering deep experience in helping pharmaceutical companies extract value from unstructured data to drive successful drug discovery and development.

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Our pharma & life sciences solutions — Reaxys, ScienceDirect, Scopus, Embase, PharmaPendium and Pathway Studio — are used by chemists, biologists, and other researchers at leading companies to:

  • Sift through disease and -omics data to prioritize targets and progress-relevant molecules and identify patient populations
  • Identify the most promising lead compounds for disease treatment, covering critical areas of medicinal chemistry research

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  • Understand the breadth of available research surrounding a disease and identify partnerships for cutting edge research
  • Better integrate external research with in-house data to simplify comparisons and get insights into experimental results

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Customer stories

Thousands of researchers and other pharma R&D professionals working in drug discovery and development rely on our solutions.

Customer story - Pharma & Life Sciences - R&D Solutions | Elsevier

Elsevier's Professional Services team worked with a leading pharmaceutical company to create a single, searchable database that facilitates complex computational tasks for hit identification and lead optimization.

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Dr. Tommi Meulemans of Merachem explains how using Elsevier's Reaxys helped find the right synthesis method to produce the right yield for a compound his team was working on.
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Drive successful early drug discovery by providing chemists the shortest path to relevant literature, patent information, valid compound properties, and experimental procedures.

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Reaxys Medicinal Chemistry

Achieve more efficient hit identification and lead optimization by providing chemists the shortest path to normalized compound–target affinity data and comprehensive pharmacokinetic, efficacy, toxicity, safety and metabolic profiles.
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Uncover drug-disease relationships and drug-drug interactions by increasing the discovery of biomedical evidence and providing comprehensive relevant, up-to-date biomedical information.

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Make more informed drug development decisions on safety and efficacy, risk assessments and mitigation, and study designs by providing researchers with searchable FDA/EMA drug approval documents and comparative drug safety data.
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Professional Services

Drive innovative pharmaceutical research by resolving challenges with data quality and integration and making data easier for researchers to compare, analyze, interpret and share.

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Pathway Studio

Streamline target and biomarker identification and drug repurposing by providing biological researchers with greater insight into the mechanisms of disease and facilitating the interpretation of experimental data.
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Help researchers understand the entire breadth of research surrounding a disease by helping them more effectively and efficiently search authoritative, full-text scientific, technical and health content.

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Detect trends, find partnerships and identify experts to stay on the cutting edge of research through the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, including tools to track, analyze and visualize research.
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Text Mining

Help pharmaceutical R&D professionals and other researchers get meaningful answers to complex pharmaceutical research questions through rapid retrieval of highly specified information from unstructured content.
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Ideas and insights for industry professionals

Inside the real world of innovative Drug Discovery & Development

Inside the real world of innovative Drug Discovery & Development - R&D Solutions | Elsevier

Much of the pharma industry’s innovation happens in the labs of start-ups. Get an inside view into four of these labs and how they are advancing their research with powerful information tools like Reaxys, ScienceDirect and PharmaPendium.
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Big data, wider mindset

Big Data. Wider Mindset. - R&D Solutions | Elsevier

Systems biology and systems chemistry are laying the foundation for a shift in mentality that overcomes the disconnection between how drugs are created and how they are used.

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