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Japanese Pharma Licenses ChemAxon Software for Drug R&D


ChemAxon said this week that Eisai, a Japanese pharmaceutical company, has licensed one of its cheminformatics packages through its distributor Patcore, an informatics services company based in Japan.

Specifically, Eisai will use ChemAxon's JChem Cartridge, a chemical database management and search tool, to manage the compound structure information it generates in its drug discovery efforts, ChemAxon said.

JChem Cartridge will be used alongside a compound control checking system developed by Patcore called CRAIS Checker, which evaluates chemical structures to determine whether compounds are controlled substances.

In December, ChemAxon announced that it had moved its headquarters to a larger office in its hometown of Budapest, Hungary. The company said that the move would help it better meet the needs of its growing customer base as well as house existing staff and new hires (BI 12/9/2011).

Shortly afterwards, ChemAxon said that it would be working along with its partner Linguamatics on a €671,000 ($870,000) EU-funded project, dubbed Chemically Informed Knowledge Extraction from Literature, or ChiKEL, that aims to develop text-mining software for chemical research (BI 12/16/2011).