NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — PerkinElmer said today that it has agreed to work with the UK software company IDBS to integrate their high-content screening and imaging data management tools.
Under the collaboration, the companies have integrated PerkinElmer’s Columbus image data management system with IDBS’ ActivityBase XE screening system. The integration will enable customers involved in high-content screening and cellular analysis to use the Columbus image data storage capabilities along with ActivityBase’s data analysis and interpretation.
Richard Eglen, president of Bio-discovery at PerkinElmer, said in a statement that the future of high-content screening will be found in “increased synergy between technologies that integrate vast image content with large compound sets, to generate actionable research data.”
These integrated data management systems could give researchers “access to greater insights into the cell-based mechanisms of disease, as well as development of novel therapies based on greater understanding of the origins of diseases,” Eglen added.
The ActivityBase software is used for interpreting rich, multivariate data, and to perform curve fitting and complex statistics within each well of a MTS, HTS, or ultra-HTS experiment. The Columbus software is used to archive and manage images from confocal and standard research microscopes, and it serves as a central repository for all image data.