SimBioSys is a distributor of the CLiDE software, a software package for converting chemical structure images to chemical structures that can be read and interpreted by chemistry software packages, such as ChemDraw and ISIS Draw for example. The software package has been developed in the past by two of our founders: Aniko Simon PhD, Computer Scientist, currently VP of Business Development at SimBioSys, and over many years by Prof A. Peter Johnson (http://www.chem.leeds.ac.uk/People/Johnson.html), an expert in the field of de-novo structure design, synthetic chemistry and the applications of software to chemical structures. CLiDE is installed in organizations around the world and, for many years held a unique position. A new publication on CLiDE just came out a few weeks ago, by the current development team headed by: Aniko T. Valko, see the full citation at:
SimBioSys scientific publications page or ACS - JCIM page
This recent paper systematically evaluates CLiDE Pro’s performance on a large variety of structures, that surpasses our previous validation set for CLiDE. The authors are offering this new, carefully selected test set for base-lining and testing other optical chemical structure recognition (OCSR) tools. They suggest that this test set could be the starting point for a community-based effort to establish a benchmarking test set which would include different categories of images each of which dealt with specific problem types.
This new OCSR baseline testset is available from the publisher of the CLiDE paper as supporting information to the paper as well as downloadable from our web-site: http://www.simbiosys.ca/clide/validation.html