GLASGOW-based digital chemistry specialist DeepMatter has received a vote of confidence from a German specialist in the sector.

Scientific publisher Thieme Chemistry has awarded DeepMatter a contract covering the provision of data services and access to its technology.

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DeepMatter’s technology can be used to record information about experiments and chemical processes in digital form for sharing online.

Thieme, said: “We are committed to publishing only the highest quality of data and we believe that DeepMatter’s tools provide us with the resources to do so. We are believers in the Company’s offering and look forward to exploring the ways in which their technology can help us unlock further quality data.”

The value of the three-year contract was not disclosed.

The award was announced as negotiators from the UK and the European Union tried to agree a trade deal ahead of the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31.

DeepMatter has made progress amid challenging conditions in recent months. It grew sales by 150 per cent in the six months to June 30, to around £540,000.

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The firm was spun out of the University of Glasgow and employs 15 people in the city. It was founded by Lee Cronin, who is Regius Professor of Chemistry at the university.

Shares in DeepMatter closed up 0.05p at 1.75p. The Aim market -listed firm raised £2.1 million at 1.5p per share in July.