NEW YORK, Sept 6  Amersham Pharmacia Biotech said on Wednesday it had invested $10 million in InforMax and also announced a strategic collaboration with the bioinformatics company.

The deal represents the largest collaboration for InforMax of Rockville, Md., to date.

Under the terms of the deal Amersham, the Piscataway, N.J.-based life sciences division of Nycomed Amersham (NYSE: NYE; LSE: NAM), and InforMax will work together to expand the capability of InforMax’s GenoMax bioinformatics product.

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