Decernis Awarded Patent for Global Horizon Scanning of Regulatory and Scientific Developments

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Decernis Receives Patent for System and Method for the Automatic Discovery of Control Events from the Publication of Documents

Decernis LLC ( announced today the award of another patent to the company for a system to discover and track regulatory and scientific developments as well as risk management related to product manufacturing and food & beverage processing. A new proposed or final regulation or other publications, such as a new scientific study about health risks, are vitally important for the manufacturer to find out about as soon as possible. Decernis’ new patent is an innovation in discovering and analyzing events from a publication in any language. The patent awarded to Decernis LLC is for an information system and method to provide and validate such information, US 8,290,965, issued on October 16, 2012.    

A manufacturer or food processor today is overloaded with too much information on one hand, and has an inability to find the right information on the other. Global markets and Internet publication have made this challenge very difficult and fast moving. When a manufacturer is surprised by such developments, it can have a serious adverse impact. Horizon scanning of such developments enables earlier identification and earlier response. Trend analysis of such publications also permits anticipation of future developments. The Decernis system as an innovative step provides for the identification and trend analysis of such critical events whether in the Internet in real-time or in a collection of documents on a network. The system also permits substance- and commodity-specific tracking.

One application of this technology is Decernis’ News service to discover regulatory and scientific developments related to product safety globally. Decernis has developed a 5-million term multi-lingual library of key terms as concepts related to risks and hazards. Decernis News identifies such events on a daily basis as a service to its clients.

Decernis LLC with its headquarters in Washington, D.C. and global operations and subsidiary organizations provides information systems and content for global food, consumer, and industrial product safety. The company tracks developments in more than one hundred and thirty countries. Its clients include governmental agencies such as FDA, EFSA and OECD; food and consumer product manufacturers; raw material manufacturers; law firms; and laboratories. The company’s value-added systems integrate with leading supply chain management systems.


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