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Celera Signs on Toronto s Hospital for Sick Children As Database Subscriber

NEW YORK, Nov. 21 - Celera announced Tuesday that the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, one of Canada’s major medical research centers, had signed up for a multi-year subscription to some of its database products.

The financial terms were not disclosed, but academic subscribers to Celera’s database pay between $6,000 and $15,000 per scientist, the company has said previously.

The Hospital for Sick Children, which will access Celera’s database through its Web-based Celera Discovery system, is Celera’s first academic subscriber in Canada.

" Access to Celera's database products should facilitate scientific discovery by allowing researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children to concentrate on identifying disease-causing genes, which opens the door for improved diagnosis and potentially new treatments for disease," Lap-Chee Tsui, HSC's geneticist-in-chief, said in a statement. “We look forward to collaborating further with Celera in the future. “

The other publicly disclosed academic subscribers to Celera’s database include The Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel; the California Institute of Technology; The Institute for Genomic Research; Howard Hughes Medical Institute; The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas; The University of Cincinnati; Ohio State University; The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council; and Vanderbilt University.

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