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Biopharmaceutical Glossary, Taxonomies     
and guide to 21st century therapeutics, technologies and trends
Glossary last updated June 2016   5,000+ definitions
compiled by Mary Chitty, Library Director & taxonomist, Cambridge Healthtech Institute, Needham MA 

Mission: Enabling communication & collaboration among biologists, chemists, engineers, IT people, physicists,  clinicians, and suits for bringing new diagnostics, devices and therapeutics to market particularly for unmet medical needs A to Z index    About these glossaries & taxonomies  How to look for unfamiliar terms   Best practices, lessons learned & ongoing challenges

Drug discovery & development   Biologics: Antibodies & vaccines   Bioprocessing & Manufacturing   Clinical trials   Drug delivery & formulation   Drug discovery informatics  Drug Targets & Disease targets   Drug & Device Safety & Pharmacovigilance  Regulatory Affairs  more... Drug discovery & development term index    

Healthcare: Diagnostics & Therapeutics:   Molecular Diagnostics   Biomarkers    Molecular Medicine    Pharmacogenomics & Personalized Medicine   
Therapeutic areas: Cancer   Cardiovascular CNS & Neurology Immunology Infectious Diseases Inflammation   Healthcare Term Index

Biology, cellular and molecular overview:  Basic genetics & genomics; what are the differences?    Cell  biology   DNA   Expression, genes & beyond   Gene definitions    Genomics   -Omes and -omics  Pharmaceutical biology   Proteomics   RNA    SNPs, CNVs  & other genetic variations        More...  Biology Term index

Business:  Business of pharmaceuticals   Alliances & collaborations   Finance & pharmacoeconomics   Intellectual Property & Legal   

Chemistry:  Assays & screening   Cheminformatics   Chemistry Medicinal & Pharmaceutical   Combinatorial libraries & synthesis    More..  Chemistry term index 

Informatics overview
Bioinformatics   Cheminformatics   Clinical & Medical  informatics   Drug discovery & development informatics   Genomic Informatics   IT Infrastructure  Ontologies & Taxonomies   Protein Informatics   More... Informatics Term Index
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Technologies overview:   Biomaterials & Medical Devices  Genomic Technologies  Microarrays   PCR   Sequencing   
Protein technologies
  Mass spectrometry  NMR, synchrotrons & x-ray crystallography   
Cells & Tissues Technologies
  Stem cells 
Metabolic Profiling   Molecular Imaging   More...  3D Bioprinting poster Technologies Term index

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Biopharmaceutical Glossaries & Taxonomies reviews & accolades
Science Magazine Functional Genomics Resources "Finding the right word" A guide to some useful online glossaries  Post-genomics, biotech and bioinformatics 
Extraordinary, one- of- a- kind site. … The strong focus on, and lengthy treatment of, post-genomics topics makes this an invaluable resource  

A very comprehensive Biopharmaceutical Glossary and list of taxonomies have been compiled by Mary Chitty, Library Director and taxonomist, Cambridge Healthtech Institute ... Mary Chitty has a long history in the world of taxonomy. Taxo-Diary Aug 2010

Staying current,: Omes, Podcasts, Videocasts,  etc.  Dentistry Library, Univ of Michigan  A  motherlode of technical jargon and definitions .. Truly a masterful and comprehensive resource, frequently updated, so always current and at the cutting edge. The place to go when you aren't sure about a new term.

Internet Scout Report  Because genomics is an interdisciplinary science that unites biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, its language is diverse and includes terms not always found in dictionaries. .. links to pages on nomenclature, a bibliography of Web and print resources, and a FAQ page are available at this fantastic Website

Molecular Pathology Division related links, American Association of Clinical Chemistry  A very nice set of glossaries for Genomics, Pharmacogenomics, Proteomics, and Structural Biology

National Science Digital Library, National Science Foundation  Because genomics is an interdisciplinary science that unites biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, its language is diverse and includes terms not always found in dictionaries. This site from Cambridge Healthtech Institute of Massachusetts was designed to help scientists keep on top of this complex language. 

Gary B Smejkal, I'm an -omics, you're an -omics, Expert Review of Proteomics, 3 (4): 383-385 Aug. 2006  Thankfully, someone has undertaken the task of compiling the growing list of -omics.. 

The drug discovery process at NIBR, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research  Having difficulties understanding some of the terminology used on this page? Visit the Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s drug discovery & development glossary,

"Omics, Schmomics" Jocelyn Kaiser ed. NetWatch Science 292 (5522): 1615, 1 June 2001 Everybody's talking about proteomics and structural genomics these days, but have you heard of transcriptomics? How about cellomics? One site trying to track the dizzying evolution of the postgenomics lexicon is Genomics Glossaries.

More from Mary Chitty
Chapter on genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics in Using the Pharmaceutical Literature,  Sharon Srodin, editor, Taylor & Francis CRC Press, 2006

BioMedical Taxonomies/Ontologies - Current Status, Ongoing Challenges Respondent, ASIST American Society for Information Science & Technology Annual Meeting, Oct. 22, 2003, Long Beach CA  Biomedical ontologies handout

Where's my stuff?  Information overload, taxonomies and beyond
Special Libraries Association Annual Meeting, Pharmaceutical & Health Technology Division, June 10, 2002, Los Angeles, CA 

Pharmaceuticals: Best practices, lessons learned & ongoing challenges   

ABOUT THE LEXICOGRAPHER Mary Chitty is Library Director & Taxonomist at Cambridge Healthtech in Needham MA and the editor of Biopharmaceutical Glossaries & Taxonomies. She wrote the chapter on Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics for Using the Pharmaceutical Literature, Taylor & Francis, 2006, the book Federal Information Sources in Health and Medicine, Greenwood Press, 1988 and reviews biotech and medical books for Library Journal, BioIT World and Clinical Informatics News. She is Past-Chair of the Special Libraries Association SLA Pharmaceutical & Health Technologies Division  & was previously on the executive board of SLA’s Taxonomy Division. She was Head of Reference at the Library of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Boston MA, and supervised the Air Pollution Technical Information Center at the US EPA Library, Research Triangle Park, NC. Starting out as a picture researcher and fact- checker in the US and England, she has an MSLS from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and a BA in Anthropology) from Yale, as one of the first class of undergraduate women. Her interests include pre-competitive collaboration, fostering communication among biologists, chemists, clinicians, IT, business and legal people, and late 19th century American theater and medical and pharmaceutical history.