The database producer (Biotechnology Information Institute) offers:
The Federal Biotechnology Transfer Directory was published in book format in April 1994. The book is now primarily useful for its over 200 pages of subject indexing. The book is included free with a database subscription.
We offer an annual subscription to the database for $300/year, whether for the Internet Web database or for in-house use. See our pricing and product descriptions for further information. With both of these, you get unlimitted access and updates for one year. Subscriptions include a free copy of the book version (nearly 700 pages, published in 1994).
Knowledge Express Data Systems has its own pricing structure including unlimited access as part of a large package of databases; unlimited access to just this database for $350/year; and transactional pricing (pay per record displayed).
Give us a call and we can advise you which option is most suited and cost-effective for your needs.
Mr. Ronald A. Rader, a pharmaceutical/biotechnology information specialist with 20 years experience, is solely responsible for the entire database. The Biotechnology Information Institute, a desk-top publishing company, conceived, developed and markets the database.
Yes! The database is a fully integrated, high value-added work executed by a single information specialist (not a group project). It has been designed to meet the standards of information-intensive biotechnology, pharmaceutical and technology transfer professionals.
Consistent approaches and terminology are used for abstracting and indexing. All entries are indexed using both controlled subject index terms (see the microthesaurus) and uncontrolled keywords, with these same terms also used in the abstracts. Standardized terms are also used for agencies/labs, organizations, status and other fields. Inventors' names are input in consistent format. Biological, chemical, microorganism and other nomenclature are used in abstracts and indexing. Hundreds of federal agency/lab and patent office errors have been corrected. The Subject field includes over 45,000 (ave. 11 per entry) highly precoordinated, in-depth, faceted subject index entries. Information is retrievable in separate fields, allowing high recall and precision searching. The Web database multi-field search engine suports complex Boolean query construction.
Besides integrating information from diverse federal sources, information in included from intense, regular examination of the world's biotechnology and pharmaceutical news sources, databases and other specialized resources. The database is maintained up-to-date, including information about corporate acquisitions and relationships.
The full official abstract/exemplary claim for over 1,500 U.S. patents are provided in the database. Other public domain (non-copyright protected) text is also often provided, e.g., foreign patent disclosures and Federal Register notices.
The database is about 13-14 megs in size as text. This includes over 4,100 records. It can be provided in most any standard format (e.g., tab-delimited text; PC or Mac) for uploading into any other database software. The database is also available as Filemaker Pro database (how it's maintained) including search and display formats and scripts simulating the Web database.
No! This is purely an entrepreneurial activity. No funds or assistance (other than public information) are received from any federal or other sources. The database was designed and developed to meet the needs of industry, not for any federal agency/lab.
The database's limitations are related to its stengths and unique aspects. The Federal Bio-Technology Transfer Directory cover a gray or fugitive area of information and is a cumulation of information from many diverse federal, other public domain and published sources. This is one of the database's major stengths, but this can also lead to passing on of misleading or erroneous information. The author has done his best to interpret available information. See the limitations page for further information.