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Celera Signs on IconMedialab to Develop Genome Visualization Software

NEW YORK, April 9 – IconMedialab said Monday it has signed an agreement to develop visualization software for access to Celera Genomics’ human genome data. 

IconMedialab has worked over the last two years to construct visualization software for Celera’s data. The Genome Browser software in development will enable commercial access to Celera’s human genome data. 

In a statement, Peter Davies, project manager at IconMedialab, laid out the difficulties of the project: "Celera's requirements were rather unique. They have a multi-terabyte Oracle relational database of genomic data, on which internal scientists, as well as customers, need to perform sophisticated data analysis and annotation operations. They simultaneously want customers to be able to integrate their own data, without sending that data to Celera. Finally, they want to allow editing of this combined data in a way that permits Celera scientists to modify Celera data, while enabling customers to edit their own data.”

To address this problem, IconMedialab developed three-tiered object-oriented software to allow focused retrieval of Celera data into a client application. The client also reads data from multiple XML files and retrieves XML data from an HTTP server based on servlet technology. All three sources of data are integrated into a single client model and displayed for the user, Davies said. 

Lou Hawn, managing director of IconMedialab's Washington, D.C. office, said, "Companies like Celera Genomics are having difficulty finding vendors who can successfully deliver their increasingly sophisticated applications. IconMedialab's ability to deliver with advanced solutions on both the front-end and back-end of a system is crucial to our ongoing business strategy."

The companies were not immediately available for further comment.   
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