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ASU, TGen Form Computational Biology Center

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 (GenomeWeb News) - Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute and the translational Genomics Research Institute will open the Center for Systems and Computational Biology, ASU said today.


George Poste, director of the Biodesign Institute, and Jeffrey Trent, president and scientific director of TGen, will oversee the center. Michael Bittner at TGen and Sudhir Kumar at the Biodesign Institute will participate to launch new programs. ASU hopes to recruit a world-class scientist to direct the center, as well as additional leading researchers, said ASU in a statement.


The center "will open a channel for additional research, funding and economic opportunities for collaboration with industry and other institutions to commercialize platform technologies, license intellectual property and create spinoff companies," said ASU.


The center will house the ASU-TGen supercomputer for clinical data analysis.

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