Mercks $620 million Rosetta acquisition in May was great fodder for the industry rumor mill. It seems Mercks CEO Raymond Gilmartin joined Microsofts board just two weeks before the acquisition. Meanwhile, Microsoft has been making noise about pursuing pharma industry business. And a member of Rosettas board is from Vulcan Ventures, the VC outfit run by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen. What of this tangled web, you ask? To a conspiracy theorist its obvious: Merck bought Rosetta to secure a Seattle-based bioinformatics team for its future work with Microsoft. Time will tell.
Think politics gets ugly? Try science. Scientists at Stanford University studied more than 1,000 proteins from Celeras Drosophila genome and said their findings indicate many mistakes in the sequence. Led by bioinformaticist Samuel Karlin, this group suggested these errors call into question Celeras human genome sequence as well. Meanwhile, researchers at TIGR published a paper saying that the human genome projects hypothesis about lateral gene transfer from bacteria appears unfounded. All we need is a filibuster and pork barrel to complete the scene.
Sequenom bought former partner and gene research firm Gemini Genomics for 12.9 million shares.
Harvard Bioscience acquired Union Biometrica, which has an automated system to study gene function, for an approximate value of $17.5 million.
Cant get enough partnerships? Chalk one up for these companies: Gyros and Affibody formed an alliance to develop and commercialize an automated microfluidics-based protein microarray platform.
PerkinElmer and MDS Sciex joined forces to work on TOF-based mass spec technology. Meanwhile, MDS Sciex carries on a mass spec co-marketing deal with Applied Biosystems.
Incyte and Iconix are collaborating on a chemogenomic data system, including data management tools and mining software.
Agilent and MDS Proteomics will work together on faster proteomics technologies.
Hybrigenics and the Institut Curie opened a joint lab for functional proteomics research directed at cancer therapeutics. IBM and MDS Proteomics teamed up to launch Blueprint Worldwide, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to deliver a public protein-interaction database building on existing public resources.
Amersham will package pattern-finding software from Proteometrics in its new Ettan mass spec instrument, to be unveiled in September.