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INCOGEN to Release Sequence Analysis Pipline Builder

MIAMI, Sept. 14 – The Institute for Computational Genomics (INCOGEN) of Clemson, SC, said Thursday it has set an Oct. 31 release date for its new sequence analysis pipeline builder software, called VIBE (Visual Integrated Bioinformatics Environment).

The software, which was developed in collaboration with TimeLogic of Incline Village, Nev., will sell for $100,000.

VIBE allows biologists not familiar with programming code to develop their own pipelines, said INCOGEN president and CEO Maciek Sasinowski.

“Instead of having to write Perl scripts the biologist can just drag and drop on a Java-based interface to build their own analysis pipelines, freeing up the bioinformaticists to do other things,” he said.

Version 1.0 of the program is designed to work exclusively on TimeLogic’s DeCypher accelerator. But Sasinowski said a second release that would run on an ordinary desktop would likely be available by the end of the year.

For a $20,000 licensing fee customer can get technical support and future software updates, he said. 

Meanwhile, INCOGEN is seeking five customers to purchase a premiere version of the software at a discounted price of $80,000 on the condition that they provide significant feedback within four weeks.

The company also plans to release Magelan (Multiple-Application Gel Analyzer), a gel analysis program for genotyping, fingerprinting, and fragment sizing in late October.

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