Libify

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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Challenges

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Preparations

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.

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Technologies

Technologies
Technologies
Services Provided

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Services Provided

Services ProvidedFrontend
Services ProvidedPM
Services ProvidedQA
Services ProvidedMaintenance

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Roadmap

Sept.-Oct. 2019

  • criteria clarification
  • specification
  • estimation

Nov.-Dec. 2019

  • clarification of user part structure
  • product prototyping
  • front-end development begins

Jan.-Sept. 2020

  • front-end development
  • QA

Oct.-Nov. 2020

  • first product release

December 2020

  • maintenance & support

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Value for users

At the global level, the solution ZYNC contributes to the creation and improving of new scientific products. This in-house tool helps laboratory chemists create new types of molecules to meet individual customer needs. The availability of a large number of filters helps reduce the time it takes to find and develop a molecule. And animated visualisation of the future molecule contributes to sales efficiency.

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Key Features

convenient search

visualization of chemical reactions

history

sessions for downloading of molecules

molecular size change

sorting

save list: molecules can be stored as a card

drag-and-drop: function for molecules that should appear and disappear

molecule pagination at the list

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The Results

As a result of common efforts and fruitful cooperation with the client's team, we have created the interface part of the tool for systematization, visualization and storage of chemical data and processes that is used by scientists from the client’s company. Its mechanics is based on artificial intelligence, so the machine can select, recommend a molecule, offer some options for search, or apply a suitable formula.
The client received an innovative startup, which is an interactive database with a full-fledged intelligent search engine that is constantly updated. Its main purpose is to create new molecules according to customer needs. Search algorithm helps chemists visualise molecules for customers, and thus optimise the communication process.Such development contributes to the acceleration of scientific progress, as it improves communication within the scientific community, increases the accuracy and efficiency of experiments, research, as well as the development of biologically active chemicals in various fields.