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Compaq Wins $30M Contract for New Bioinformatics Center Planned for NY State -- Paper

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 11 - Compaq has won a $30 million contract to supply Alpha computer servers to the new Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics in Buffalo, NY, the Nashua, NH Telegraph reported last week.


The new bioinformatics center is part of a $207 million high-tech research initiative slated for Buffalo and supported by New YorkState as well as private industry. The plan for the center includes 150,000 square feet of office and lab space, reported the Telegraph.


"Compaq is delighted to provide the high performance computing solution for this significant effort supporting the Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics in Buffalo, and we salute Governor Pataki, the private sector and the University of Buffalo for their foresight in funding a program that will have such an enormous impact on the field of bioinformatics and on the future of health care," said Bill Blake, Compaq's vice president of worldwide high performance technical computing.


Compaq has pledged to invest $42.6 million in the high-tech initiative, joining contributors that include InforMax, which pledged $28 million for the project, Sun Microsystems investing $1 million, and Invitrogen which is investing $15 million, reported The Buffalo News.


Terms of the investments were not disclosed.

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