Joint Board-Council Committee on CAS

The Committee (CCAS) met in Executive Session on March 14, 2014 where CAS President Manuel Guzman shared his vision for CAS, and management reported on highlights from 2013.

ImageThe CAS databases reached record growth for indexed articles, patents and reactions. In November, CAS registered the 75th millionth small molecule in the CAS REGISTRY from a substance published in a chemical catalog, highlighting one example of the variety of sources of disclosed chemical information CAS covers.  

SciFinder  was enhanced strengthening its value to researchers with workflow improvements including quick links to patent PDFs, structure drawing options, and API capabilities.

Customers are embracing multi-year SciFinder agreements, and the ACS Member SciFinder Benefit has been overwhelmingly popular.

CAS and PerkinElmer announced a collaborative effort that will allow ChemBioDraw users to launch a SciFinder search from the ChemBioDraw interface. Committee members were also pleased to learn that the new non-Java CAS structure editor is now available in SciFinder.

New STN Version Two was released, featuring full text patent content and integrated patent family content for a complete view of an invention.

CAS announced an exciting collaboration with C&EN to publish Patent Picks, a monthly feature highlighting hot topics found in the patent literature from the CAS databases.

CAS is also producing an informative video series to give visitors to an inside look into how CAS builds its databases. 

CCAS continues its role as a conduit of information between Society members (and users of CAS services), the ACS Governing Board for Publishing and CAS management

Grace Baysinger, Chair, Joint Board-Council Committee on CAS



Patent Picks feature debuted in the January 27, 2014 issue of C&EN. Look for it in the last issue of each month.

Patent Picks will look at trends in patents about aerogels (January), biofuels (February), Chinese drug Industry (March), graphene, lithium-ion batteries, and more.