Thomson Extends Online Learning for Regulatory Training; Redesigns Patent Database

Oct 10, 2006

Thomson Scientific, part of The Thomson Corporation has expanded its Regulatory Online Learning for expert regulatory training, provided by IDRAC. IDRAC has introduced three new Regulatory Online Learning modules: Introduction to ICH (International Conference on Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use); How to prepare for an FDA (Food and Drug Administration) Advisory Committee meeting; and Orphan drugs in Europe, USA, and Japan.

The Regulatory Online Learning modules cater to three levels: Introductory, Practical, and Strategic. Users can choose either to follow the entire course as a complete guide to regulatory affairs, or select modules to meet their specific training needs. Each module provides expert instruction and is continually updated to reflect the latest developments. An electronic testing capability is also available to assess knowledge acquired after each module. Six additional Regulatory Online Learning modules are scheduled for launch later this year, with further modules planned for 2007.

Thomson has also announced that it has enhanced the full text patent collections in its Aureka and PatentWeb products to include enriched data indexing, new search and display fields, and additional patent coverage. Aureka, an advanced intellectual property management and analysis platform, and PatentWeb, an online repository housing a commercial collection of patent data, are part of Thomson Scientific's product portfolio.

Enhancements implemented on Aureka and PatentWeb, include: more publication types; increased coverage of Japanese and British patent data; improved coverage for more complete search results, including ECLA codes, correspondent information, and additional post-issuance data; normalization of key elements to ensure accurate and complete retrieval of data, including patent and application numbers, assignee/applicant names, and classification codes; enhanced indexing for more precise search results and proximity searching, including elimination of stopwords and markup.