Elsevier, a global publisher of scientific, technical, and medical information, has announced the acquisition through its subsidiary MDL Information Systems GmbH, of the Beilstein Database, a compilation of chemical facts and a database in the field of organic chemistry. Elsevier has been exclusively involved in both the production and marketing of the Beilstein Database under a partnership agreement since 1998. As a result of the agreement, Elsevier will assume ownership and acquire the rights to the Beilstein Database. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
The Beilstein Database covers organic chemistry from 1771 to date. It contains over 9.8 million compounds, 10 million reactions and 320 million experimental data on chemical properties. It also contains over 900,000 original author abstracts from 1980-present, as well as pharmacological and ecotoxicological data describing the bioactivity of organic chemicals.
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