Research Triangle Park, NC December 3, 2002 SciQuest today rolled out the latest version of its laboratory materials management solution, adding integration with the provider's chemical sourcing application and improved catalog management and spend control functionality.
The provider said its Enterprise Reagent Manager (ERM) 4.5, the sixth major release of this solution, is a materials management solution for life science, industrial research and higher education organizations. The solution enables enterprisewide procurement, tracking and monitoring of chemicals and reagents, SciQuest said.
The key upgrades in this version include the integration of ERM with SciQuest's SelectSite Chemical Sourcing Application. This will allow researchers to search more than 200,000 chemical structures representing 700,000 products from more than 150 chemical suppliers to locate needed materials.
In addition, SelectSite's catalog management functionality allows companies to load, manage and view contract pricing from suppliers. Administrators can manage what suppliers are available to researchers and promote preferred suppliers to encourage on-contract spending and reduce maverick buying.
George Witmer, manager of technical data systems for SciQuest customer Air Products and Chemicals, noted that his company has been using ERM for more than seven years and is moving to the new version. "We are currently upgrading to version 4.5 and believe this new release will continue to help Air Products minimize risk and reduce costs by enabling us to source, manage and dispose of chemical materials," Witmer said.
Other companies using ERM include Amgen, GlaxoSmithKline and Aventis.