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Celera Licenses Informatics Software Designed for Hubble Telescope

NEW YORK, Oct. 23 - Celera Genomics has turned its gaze heavenward in its quest for more powerful bioinformatics.

The genomic pioneer has inked a deal with the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy to license its Operational Pipeline Unified Systems software package, a system originally designed to process data collected by the Hubble telescope, AURA said on Tuesday.

Financial terms of the licensing agreement were not disclosed.

According to AURA, OPUS was developed by the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is managed by AURA under contract with the National Aeronautical and Space Administration’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The software has been widely employed in other space observatories and NASA projects, AURA said. 

“OPUS is an example of how the highly talented engineers working on the space program can invent products of practical benefit to such diverse enterprises as biological research, medicine, and industry," Steven Beckwith, director of the Space Telescope Science Institute, said in a statement. "We are delighted that the Hubble Space Telescope program produced this commercial benefit to complement its scientific research."

Added John Reynders, Celera's vice president of information systems: “Celera has found OPUS to be a cost-effective solution that has cut software system deployment time and saved in-house development effort, thus freeing software engineering resources for other tasks.”

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