Being a web-based company that caters to a specific market lets us roll out useful stuff on a pretty fast timeline. This week, we pushed out an update that lets our researchers add chemical structures and chemical reaction drawings to their experiments. (More here). We're using MarvinJS from ChemAxon, one of the most respected names in the cheminformatics industry.
This is the first step on our chemistry roadmap - which we'd like to share with you here:
Structure Drawing - Step 1
You are here - if you are a Labguru subscriber (if not, the trial is free), you can add a "Compound" section to your experiment protocol design and draw any chemical structure or reaction. The drawing will be displayed on screen, and printed in your PDF reports. If you are a chemist, or if you work with chemists and you need to include chemical information in your experiment - now you can.
Structure Searching - Step 2
Next step on the map is searching by substructure. Once you've got some experiments with chemical data, being able to search them via a drawing, (rather than trying to type "things that look like 1-chloro-3-toluene") will be very useful. Again, we will be using the excellent search tools provided by ChemAxon.
Reagent and Chemical Inventory - Step 3
Finally, we'll add the ability to associate chemical structures to items in our existing reagent and specimen inventory system, with full substructure searching capability. This will really make Labguru a great choice for chemical inventory management, integrated with a chemistry electronic lab notebook.
We will keep you updated on our progress - watch this space!