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  Newsletter Issue V, 2004  

Dear Specs.net user,

Welcome to the October Specs.net newsletter!
In this issue:

1 - Free Demo version of DMSO solubility software available 
2 - October 2004 Compound Library available
3 -
Specs is expanding Compound Handling Services in US
4Questions & Answers
5 - Meet Specs around the world during the coming month

1 - Free Demo version of DMSO solubility software available

As DMSO solubility is a hot issue in sample management and global drug discovery at this moment, Specs and Pharma Algorithms have combined their expertise to develop software predicting the solubility of compounds in DMSO.

During the past years Specs collected valuable data by plating 6.6 million samples, which represent more than 395.000 unique compounds. For the development of this predictive software about 20.000 compounds of the highest purity (>95%) were selected as a training set with the solubility cut-off volume set at 20 mM. Specs and Pharma Algorithms are planning to continue improving the model systematically.

A free demo version of this software is now available. You can request your copy by contacting us via info@specs.net or logon to Specs.net and download this free evaluation version from the 'Public files' folder in your Download menu.

 - October 2004 Compound Library available

The October update of the complete Specs Compound Library is available on our website www.specs.net. Just login using your personal account details and download the library from the  Available Databases directory on the 'Upload/Download' page.

The October 2004 Compound Library release includes the following:

176.860 Screening Compounds (20 mg and more)
7.261 Building Blocks
388 Natural Products
Download the latest database of Screening Compounds, Building Blocks, Natural Products, Pre-plated Libraries or only the new entries since the last release of September 2004. You can choose your preferred format. In case you don't have a personal account yet or would like an additional account for your colleague, just register as a new user and within 24 hours you will receive your personal login data.
To automate the monthly Compound Library update downloads via our dedicated FTP mirror, please send a request to the specs.net technical support desk (support@specs.net) or to your sales representative at Specs. You will receive an account on the FTP mirror which will enable you to perform automated retrieval of our latest database updates.
For more information on compounds available in smaller quantities (minimum amount 1 mg), do not hesitate to contact our sales department (sales@specs.net).

3 - Specs is expanding Compound Handling Services in US

Because the logistics of compounds has been the core business of Specs since 1987, Specs has proven to be the trusted partner for organizing your libraries. From historical collection (with hand written labels) to fully trackable barcode system. Specs takes away the hassle of those one-time projects.

The following services can help you to focus on Drug Discovery:

- compound registration
- labeling
- quality control
- weighing
- plating
- reformatting
- shipping
- storage

Due to the growing demand for organizing compound libraries, Specs increased the capacity and capabilities in Cumberland MD.

For more detailed information, please contact:

USA - Western Region
David L. Mansel
p +1 415-924 0555
f +1 415-924 0184
USA - Eastern Region
David A. Hayes
p +1 401-782 2994
f +1 401-782 3508

- Questions & Answers

In this section some frequently asked questions including our answer or recommendation is highlighted.
  • "What is the WDS?"
The World Diversity Set (WDS) is a (geographically as well as chemically) diverse library that contains 10,000 compounds. It has been selected from our stock using diversity analysis as well as taking into account the country of origin of the compounds. Using this approach, a very diverse library is obtained that will be an excellent starting point for companies that want to set up an in-house compound collection.
  •  "What other sets can Specs offer?"

From our current stock, various compound libraries can be composed. This can be done by yourself or by our cheminformatics specialists, who can assist in the creation of a desired set of compounds by taking into account your requirements. An example is a targeted library, which can be created for different targets like e.g. GPCRs, kinases, ion-channels etc. A comprehensive list of targets for which targeted libraries can be created is available upon request.

Do you want to know more about this subject or do you have a different question? Feel free to contact us at info@specs.net.

5 - Meet Specs around the world during the coming month

Feel free to visit our booth or to send us an email in order to set up a meeting at your own convenience.

Contact us:

info@specs.net:                     General information (questions, comments, suggestions, etc.)
support@specs.net              Support for technical questions
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Best regards,

The Specs.net Team

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