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GeneData to Provide Phylosopher Software to Japanese Institute

NEW YORK, March 19 – GeneData, a Swiss bioinformatics company, said Monday it would provide its Phylosopher software for comparative genomics studies to the Japanese National Institute of Technology and Evaluation.

NITE will use the software to annotate sequence data “of particular interest for pharmaceutical applications” generated at its facility in Tokyo, a statement said. In the past, NITE has sequenced the genomes of Pyrococcus horikishii  and Aeropyrum pernix

The genome analysis will focus on characterizing the function of genes associated with pathogenicity and the development of antibacterial therapeutics and vaccines. Officials at NITE were not immediately available for comment.

“GeneData Phylosopher is now widely used for the analysis of microorganisms, as well as for the characterization of fungal, plant, animal and the human genomes,“ Othmar Pfannes, CEO of GeneData said.

GeneData's other customers include Altana, Aventis, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Medigene, MWG-Biotech, Novartis, Schering, and Syngenta.