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Harvard University Licenses DiscoveryGate® Content Platform


San Ramon, CA – October 25, 2006 – Elsevier MDL is pleased to announce that Harvard University has licensed the DiscoveryGate® content platform. The same premier, structure-searchable resource for scientific information that is used by life sciences research organizations industry-wide is now available to students, faculty and researchers at one of the world’s pre-eminent academic institutions.

“To maintain its competitive advantage in life sciences research, Harvard must offer the entire university simplified access to the information required to answer discovery questions,” said Marcia Chapin, head librarian for the Chemistry & Chemical Biology Library. “By providing straightforward access to richly-excerpted content, DiscoveryGate will enable researchers at Harvard to spend more time productively exploring critical information that furthers their research interests.”

“In selecting DiscoveryGate, a content platform well suited for navigating today’s rapidly changing life sciences landscape, Harvard University is leading the way for other institutions of higher learning,” said Elsevier MDL President and CEO Lars Barfod. “Harvard has provided valuable feedback on DiscoveryGate beginning with our initial customer validation program in 2003, and this has helped immensely in making DiscoveryGate the unparalleled source of discovery data that it is today.”

DiscoveryGate’s unique integration and linking of content enables researchers to compare information and results that are not available through other systems. The platform provides access to more than 20 million chemical compounds, 11 million reactions and 500 million observed chemical facts, including synthesis, bioactivity, metabolism, toxicology, physical property, chemical sourcing, pharmacology and patent data—all from a single query.

Using DiscoveryGate, researchers can access 17 databases including the Beilstein and Gmelin databases (which are also available on the Crossfire system from MDL Information Systems GmbH), MDL® Available Chemicals Directory, MDL® Drug Data Report, MDL® Toxicity and authoritative reference works on synthetic methodology. Researchers can also search compounds in third-party databases such as PubChem and the Derwent World Patents Index®, and they can link to over 20,000 journal titles (with additional licenses required to access certain third-party content).

To learn more about how DiscoveryGate helps academic researchers find the information they need, visit, contact your Elsevier MDL Account Manager or request information at


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