With its acquisition of Aureus Sciences, Elsevier is hoping to expand its suite of solutions for the drug discovery and development market into medicinal chemistry, where the company says there is a demand for high-quality data from pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Elsevier purchased the privately-held French company this week for an undisclosed amount. Under its new ownership, Aureus Sciences will be part of Elsevier’s science and technology division.

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