Toronto, Canada (May 19, 2009)—As part of their 15th anniversary celebrations, Advanced Chemistry Development, Inc., (ACD/Labs) has launched a new program in which they will provide site-wide licences of their chemical structure drawing package, ACD/ChemSketch Freeware, to academic institutions.
While many institutions have benefited from academic site licenses of ACD/Labs’ commercial products, tight budgets often mean that schools are unable to offer even simple software to students. The new ACD/Labs ChemSketch Educational Access Program (CEAP) brings the benefits of a unified structure drawing package to schools without the pain of individual students and/or educators independently downloading freeware onto their machines. More than 350 academic institutions worldwide currently benefit from site licensing of ChemSketch Freeware, and the new program will make access to this package even easier.
In March 2009, ACD/Labs announced the one millionth download of ChemSketch Freeware from their website, along with the release of their latest version (version 12) which lets users quickly and easily draw all kinds of chemical structures; optimizes spatial configuration; allows 2D or 3D structure viewing; permits generation of IUPAC and CAS Index nomenclature for molecules with fewer than 50 atoms and 3 ring structures; and provides predictions of the octanol-water partition coefficient, logP.
As a further incentive to get schools involved with the kind of software students will be using once they join the workforce, ACD/Labs has set the Virtual Laboratory Challenge for educators: share innovative ways in which you have used software in teaching (with an overview of the materials used) for a chance to win up to $5000 in ACD/Labs software for your laboratory or school.
About Advanced Chemistry Development
Advanced Chemistry Development, Inc., (ACD/Labs) is a chemistry software company offering solutions that truly integrate chemical structures with analytical chemistry information to produce ChemAnalytics®. ACD/Labs creates innovative software packages that aid chemical research scientists worldwide with spectroscopic validation of structures, elucidation of unknown substances, chromatographic separation, medicinal chemistry, preformulation of novel drug agents, systematic nomenclature generation, and chemical patenting and publication. Combined, ACD/Labs' solutions create an analytical informatics system that provides dramatic feed-forward effects on the chemical and pharmaceutical research process. Founded in 1994, and headquartered in Toronto, Canada, ACD/Labs employs a team of over 145 dedicated individuals whose continual efforts carry ACD/Labs' innovative technologies into pharmaceutical, biotech, chemical, and materials companies throughout the world. Information about Advanced Chemistry Development and its products is available at www.acdlabs.com.