NEW YORK, Jan 23 – Heeding customer requests, Gene Logic has decided to include Silicon Genetics’ GeneSpring gene expression analysis and visualization software in its GeneExpress database suite, the companies announced Tuesday.
“Gene Logic has a great database, and we have a great analysis tool,” said Andrew Conway, president of Silicon Genetics. “Each [of us] focuses on what we do best, and the result is something good for the customer.”
GeneSpring, used by several hundred scientists in academia and the pharmaceutical industry, allows researchers to visualize and compare gene expression profiles. Many of Gene Logic’s customers use the tool, and wanted GeneSpring easily accessible while working with Gene Logic’s database, said Robert Burrows, Gene Logic's director of corporate communications.
Gene Logic’s GeneExpress suite consists of two separate modules, plus the GX2000 software interface: ToxExpress offers data on the effects of more than 10 toxic compounds on animal liver, kidney, bone marrow, and heart tissue, while BioExpress includes gene expression information based on diseased and healthy tissue samples. Of Gene Logic's current customers, some subscribe to both modules while others have more limited subscriptions.
Later this year, the company is planning to launch a third database, PharmExpress.
While this is not the first time Gene Logic has added third party software to its GeneExpress suite, it is the first time Gene Logic has allowed the partner to announce the collaboration, said Burrows. “GeneExpress was launched a year ago, so we’re always adding additional content,” Burrows said. “There’s new cool stuff coming out all the time.”