Here's Looking at You, Big Blue


Carol Kovac, who went to IBM’s computational biology department out of a research background, now heads up the company’s life sciences business unit, launched in August 2000. With a budget of $100 million to invest in partnerships, Big Blue has the resources to be a major player in the bioinformatics arena — and is out to prove that it is one. Kovac recently spoke with GT about her group’s progress, strategy, and outlook after this year’s reconfiguration of the unit.


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