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Insightful Wins $850,000 in Contracts from NIH and US Air Force to Improve Text Analysis Software for Bioinformatics

NEW YORK, May 16 (GenomeWeb News) - Insightful has won two contracts worth $850,000 in total from the National Institutes of Health and from the US Air Force to develop text analysis tools for bioinformatics, the Seattle-based company said today.


The two contracts will help Insightful improve its InFact natural language-based text search and analysis technology for the life sciences.


The US Air Force contract will be administered by the Air Force Research Laboratories, which are developing a system for the rapid diagnosis and screening of people exposed to toxic agents in the field.


The NIH contract was awarded as part of a project to develop technologies that help users access biological information stored in heterogeneous data resources by entering requests in explicit sentences or questions. The project will focus on developing algorithms for extracting higher level semantic structures. The approach will be tested on question interpretation and answer retrieval from Medline.

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