SciQuest is launching its Buyer’s Guide, a Web portal that enables scientists to quickly and effectively source laboratory supplies, chemicals, and equipment.

The new Buyer’s Guide portal is free and enables researchers to source products by searching the largest database of scientific products in the world, all through one single site, SciQuest says. It also allows them to prepare a “ready-to-send” requisition that they can either fax directly to suppliers or forward to their procurement office for processing. The SciQuest Buyer’s Guide can be accessed at http://www.sciquest.com/buyersguide .

“The new SciQuest Buyer’s Guide is a very powerful tool,” Dr. Wayne Litaker of the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Department at the UNC School of Medicine said in a statement. “It’s so much easier and more effective than surfing supplier sites individually. The search engine is fast and easy to use, and the database is massive. I will certainly start all my product searches here from now on.”

Combined with SciQuest’s electronic catalog of 1.5 million life science products from over 750 suppliers, bioscientists will have more flexibility in their approach to scientific product sourcing, SciQuest says. From the Buyer’s Guide portal, researchers will also be able to directly access BioSupplyNet, the “yellow pages” of bioscience vendors with over 3,500 categorized supplier listings, as well as browse the latest breakthroughs on the SciCentral news and information site.

“Our goal is to leverage SciQuest’s industry experience to provide research-intensive organizations with tools that solve real research and business problems,” Guy Orgambide, director of science community for SciQuest, said in a press release. “We are pleased to offer this tool and will continue to enhance our service offering via on-going communication with our valued customers and supplier partners.”