What's hot this week in new tech launches

The steady stream of new tech rollouts continued apace this week, with Accelrys, Perceptive Informatics, Clinovo and Clinlabs all adding new software features.

Accelrys is incorporating eMolecules' online building block sourcing platform into its Available Chemical Directory (ACD) database. When users search for a compound in ACD, information on its pricing and availability will be shown from the eMolecules platform. Accelrys expects the feature to give researchers increased visibility on chemical delivery times.

In the eClinical space, Parexel subsidiary Perceptive Informatics has rolled out improved data entry and site management features on its Impact clinical trial management system. Each of the changes is intended to help clients manage increasingly complex global clinical trials. Now, when a company is looking into which sites to select for a trial, it can search through investigator's details and track records. The feature is intended to help sponsors avoid the situation, faced by many trials, in which sites fail to recruit any patients.

Meanwhile Clinovo has made its electronic data capture (EDC) tool ClinCapture available to the open-source developer community. Developers can begin contributing code to the project today. Clinovo hopes the open-source approach will drive continuous improvement of the EDC tool, with new features springing forth from user discussions with developers.  

"I strongly believe open-source is the future of clinical trials," Clinovo chief technology officer Marc Desgrousilliers said. The contributions of open-source developers play a central role in Clinovo's goals for 2013, a year in which the life science software developer plans a series of releases.

Finally, early phase CRO Clinilabs has adopted the Verified Clinical Trials database registry to track whether potential study participants have previously taken part in research. The move is an attempt to stop the rise of 'guinea piggers,' people who go from study to study to get free healthcare or cash. 

- here's the Accelrys release
- check out the Perceptive news
- see the Clinovo item
- read the Clinilabs announcement