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Elsevier Reaxys Case Study

Medium Enterprise Pharmaceuticals Company


This case study of a medium enterprise pharmaceuticals company is based on a July 2021 survey of Elsevier Reaxys customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled company asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

“Relevant literature for problematic synthesis. Retrosynthesis of target molecule.”

“Reaxys is very handy for junior chemists to look for reaction details and some extent to see the cost of reagents.”

“Patent abstracts and claims reduce the time invested in screening full patent documents.”

“Supplier availability.”

“It reduces the time for literature search in designing schemes for the synthesis and in turn reducing the time one spends on synthesis.”


The business challenges that led the profiled company to evaluate and ultimately select Elsevier Reaxys:

  • The challenges their organization faced prior to using Reaxys:
    • Finding the most relevant preparation procedure for a given compound
    • Finding relevant chemistry literature and patents with ease

Use Case

The key features and functionalities of Elsevier Reaxys that the surveyed company uses:

  • Uses Reaxys a few times a week.
  • The most valuable aspects/features of Reaxys that help them to find relevant information quickly:
    • Translations for non-English patents into English
    • Relevant chemistry literature and patents
    • Assessment of compound synthesis and purchase options
  • The kind of searches they usually conduct with Reaxys:
    • Structure-based searches for compounds
    • Structure-based searches for reactions


The surveyed company achieved the following results with Elsevier Reaxys:

  • Reaxys increased the productivity of their research work by 10-30%.
  • Rates their satisfaction with the following Reaxys capabilities:
    • Ease of use: extremely satisfied
    • Relevance of search results: very satisfied
    • Ability to refine results: very satisfied
    • Ability to export results: very satisfied
    • Outperformance of other other solutions: satisfied

About This Data

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