Development time

September 2019 - the end of 2020

Chemistry database software for scientists with a user-friendly search tool
ZYNC is a database and search tool for chemists that visualizes research, helps to plan and accelerate it, and improves communication between scientists

Chemistry database software

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Client

Zymergen is a major science laboratory with more than 1000 employees that provides biotechnology research services for enterprises to create products across industries, from biology to electronics, agriculture to pharmaceuticals, and much more. The company raised $600 million in investments

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The Brief

The client’s company built the major science laboratory, created the working logic with algorithms of machine learning on the backend. But they had no experience with the visualization and user interface for such a complex chemical data management system. So they came to us to develop a front-end of searching mechanisms of the molecules and visualization of the chemical reactions based on the existing backend.
Thus, the main task was to implement an interface for a database search tool to identify molecules of interest, which would be an innovation for research and laboratories.
Our team had to create the UI for easy search and selection of molecules within the chemical data management system that would be used by scientists from the client’s laboratory. The convenience of searching is that the user makes a request about what they want to do based on characteristics and specifications. The system should offer what reactions, processes and chemical compounds could be involved.

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Challenges

The main challenge was the complexity of the product user interface - it’s impossible to visualize chemical reactions through static photos or videos. The process of changing and interactions of the molecules must be demonstrated by the live animation. Also, the product implies a lot of dropdown items, filters and sorting for biological and chemical data.

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Preparations

Before starting work, we carried out the Discovery Phase, which included data collection, analysis of information and planning stage.

At the planning stage, we defined the volume of the product, the budget and the timing of development. We discussed with the client the workflow and provided a description of the final product, how it will work and look.

Product development follows this established plan to avoid unexpected delays or additional costs.