I interviewed Steve Bryant for the chemistry magazine Reactive Reports, mainly about PubChem, how and why it was set up, what are its limitations, and the various controversies surrounding this chemistry database.
Bryant had become increasingly involved with information resources because, he told me, that is the most valuable thing we can do with computers and molecular databases. Making the information as accessible to researchers as possible was to be critical. “There was a whole world of information about the bio activities/properties of small molecules that was not included in our retrieval systems in as good a way as it could have been,” he says, “I thought it be worthwhile to do as it would have a major impact on research.”
Read the complete interview in the March 2006 edition of Reactive Reports.