Empowering chemical synthesis work
An interview with Dr. Rujian Ma and Dr. Wenzhong Gao of WuXi AppTec
Solving chemoinformatics challenges with Reaxys
How to best leverage the huge amount of chemical synthesis data available to scientists? Dr. Rujian Ma and Dr. Wenzhong Gao discuss how Reaxys helps over 5,000 chemists at WuXi AppTec deal with chemoinformatics challenges and excel in their work.
WuXi AppTec is a leading global partner for pharmaceutical and medical device development, offering open-access capabilities and technology platforms. Elsevier met with two representatives of the company’s Chemistry Services Unit: Dr. Rujian Ma, Vice President of Chemistry, and Dr. Wenzhong Gao, Director of Chemistry. They discussed how Reaxys plays a role in the daily work of over 5,000 chemists at WuXi AppTec.
One of the main challenges for the Chemistry Services Unit (CSU) is maintaining balance. When designing a good synthetic route, the right balance must be struck between the effort spent on technical improvement and the cost and delivery timeline.
Furthermore, dealing with the huge amount of information from the public domain and commercial sources is difficult. Without effective techniques to cope with the information, it is easy to get overwhelmed.
WuXi AppTec now relies on Reaxys to help them keep current on new knowledge and technology in chemistry. For daily research, Reaxys provides high-quality data from peer-reviewed publications and patents. It is straightforward to form a query to get a precise or comprehensive research result.
CSU scientists can use these data to find synthetic ideas and formulate practical synthesis routes. The CSU leaders advise their synthetic chemists to leverage research tools like Reaxys to broaden their horizons, because analyzing and tracing back the related information from searching sometimes inspires unexpected ideas, which leads to better solutions.
Reaxys is an excellent platform to learn what is new in chemistry.
Dr. Rujian Ma, Vice President of Chemistry, WuXi AppTec
Reaxys provides a valuable platform for WuXi AppTec’s scientists to learn what is new in chemistry. In addition to offering support for accurate data retrieval, Reaxys provides CSU researchers with rich data and comprehensive perspectives for problem solving, ensuring that their synthetic work is based on better solutions.
The significance of Reaxys is that it provides a variety of possible solutions in a comprehensive way.
Dr. Wenzhong Gao, Director of Chemistry, WuXi AppTec
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