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First Genetic Trust Taps HP to Bolster Database Security

NEW YORK, Feb. 11 - First Genetic Trust, a security firm designed to protect genetic data, has tapped Hewlett-Packard to help bolster its IT infrastructure, the companies said on Monday.

Terms of the agreement call for HP and First Genetic Trust to build and deploy a "secure and scalable" platform for genetic banking that can manage and protect patient data, the companies said in a joint statement.

"We wanted a company that would not just sell us computing solutions, but would become a technology partner--working with us and helping us build a secure and reliable computing architecture," said Andrea Califano, chief technology officer at First Genetic Trust.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

First Genetic uses what it calls "dynamic informed consent" to "protect [the] confidentiality of individual medical and genetic information," the company said.

Its relationship with HP is ongoing: First Genetics' current IT platform comprises UNIX 9000 servers, notebook and desktop PCs and printers, and the Virtualvault technology, all developed by the computer giant.

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