Leading the mobile science discussion: PKI Informatics to attend ACS Exposition in Indianapolis

This year’s annual American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition will be held in Indianapolis, IN, September 8-12, 2013, and PerkinElmer Informatics will be in attendance to promote awareness and discussion surrounding the migration of scientific software from desktop and enterprise platforms to mobile applications.

After the June 2013 release of ChemDraw® for iPad® and Chem3D® for iPad, the PKI Informatics team is excited to share our mobile development experience with the chemistry community. The two iPad apps were created using an untraditional development process that maintained scientific intelligence and practical functionalities – instead of hiring an external mobile developer, PKI Informatics scientists and software developers were trained on how to build a mobile app, which allowed ChemDraw for iPad and Chem3D for iPad to be built in-house. The process lead to the creation of a brand new sharing technology called Flick-To-Share™, which allows for instantaneous colleague-to-colleague sharing of chemical drawings using a novel, single-finger gesture.

The benefits of mobile chemistry software extend beyond the laboratory; mobile science apps stand to transform the way students of chemistry are educated. One of the key papers that PKI Informatics will present at the ACS Expo will be given by Hans Keil, PKI Informatics Senior Director, and is entitled “ChemDraw, iPads, and collaboration tools in the classroom: Results of a joint PerkinElmer and McGraw Hill pilot at the organic chemistry undergraduate level”.  The paper was authored based off a summer 2013 pilot program at University of Illinois Springfield in which an organic chemistry class became a first adopter of ChemDraw for iPad as a learning and test-taking tool. Flick-To-Share technology is a key component of the app's success in a classroom setting, allowing for student-to-student and student-to-teacher collaboration.

In addition to the focus on mobile, two additional papers will be presented by PKI Informatics:

Phillip Skinner, Field Marketing Director, will present “A new frontier in Reaction Search: Dynamic mining of ELN-based reaction methodology data in Spotfire”. Skinner will present how the use of TIBCO Spotfire® data visualization software to search ELN-based reactions allows scientists to ask complex and dynamic questions of methodology data by visualizing data on various graphical representations.

Phil McHale, Executive Director of Product Management, will present “Exchanging chemical structures and ELN data: CDX, CDXML, and other formats”. McHale will present how open CDX and CDXML formats can be used to share molecular information ranging from connection tables to orientation, layout, fonts and non-structural elements to retain complete fidelity with the original drawing, as well as describe emerging XML-based standards for secure and accurate data exchange between ELNs.

The PKI Informatics team hopes to see you in Indianapolis! Click here to register for your attendance now. Tweet us at @PKI_Informatics or @ChemDraw and let us know if you will be at the ACS conference.

Clicking the above links highlighted on the paper titles will bring you to the abstract pages on the ACS website for presentation dates and times.

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