SureChEMBL: a large-scale, chemically annotated patent document database

Nucleic Acids Res. 2016 Jan 4;44(D1):D1220-8. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkv1253. Epub 2015 Nov 17.


SureChEMBL is a publicly available large-scale resource containing compounds extracted from the full text, images and attachments of patent documents. The data are extracted from the patent literature according to an automated text and image-mining pipeline on a daily basis. SureChEMBL provides access to a previously unavailable, open and timely set of annotated compound-patent associations, complemented with sophisticated combined structure and keyword-based search capabilities against the compound repository and patent document corpus; given the wealth of knowledge hidden in patent documents, analysis of SureChEMBL data has immediate applications in drug discovery, medicinal chemistry and other commercial areas of chemical science. Currently, the database contains 17 million compounds extracted from 14 million patent documents. Access is available through a dedicated web-based interface and data downloads at:

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Data Mining
  • Databases, Chemical*
  • Patents as Topic*
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations / chemistry


  • Pharmaceutical Preparations