“We believe this is an ill-advised transaction for Pharmacopeia and have determined to vote all of the shares we control against the Eos acquisition.”
— Samuel Isaly, managing partner of OrbiMed
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Telescope for Sale
Taking advantage of its own broad computational technology and its proximity to genomics companies in the Bay Area, NASA Ames is striving to become NASA’s fundamental biology research hub. To beef up its internal genomics-oriented research projects, Ames researchers have been establishing working relationships with local genomics and proteomics companies and academic research centers.
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War of Attrition
Former arch-enemies Affymetrix and Incyte Genomics have buried the legal hatchet, settling their four-year patent infringement battle and agreeing to cross-license the patents at issue. It’s somewhat of a Pyrrhic victory for Incyte, as it comes just seven weeks after it announced plans to exit the microarray manufacturing business and effectively removed itself as a direct competitor to Affy.
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The Great ICAT Hope
When Applied Biosystems introduced a commercial version of the ICAT reagent technology last March, proteomics researchers had high hopes that it would provide a high-throughput alternative to 2D gel electrophoresis. Nine months later, however, only two companies engaged in industrial-scale proteomics — Celera Genomics and Oxford GlycoSciences — have fully adopted the technology.
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When the Interoperable Informatics Infrastructure Consortium debuted, founding members promised an agile and swift alternative to the historically sluggish standardization process. But the I3C’s bylaws, expected in September, are still not in place. The bottleneck was finally broken in December, as members of the governance committee were able to reach agreement on some key issues.
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See Spot Dye
“When focusing on improving [microarray] technology, dyes are a good place to start. New dyes would be okay, but a deep understanding of the physics of the dyes would be more helpful, as sometimes the dyes interact with the specific clones. We see spots that are always green, no matter what.”
— Gary Churchill, staff scientist, Jackson Lab
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