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Silicon Genetics, Optimal Design Enter Worldwide Marketing Deal

NEW YORK, Sept. 6 - Silicon Genetics and Optimal Design have entered into a distribution agreement under which Silicon Genetics will market Optimal Design’s ArrayMiner technology worldwide for use with Silicon’s own GeneSpring technology.

Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

GeneSpring, a desktop gene expression analysis software for microarray experiments, accepts data from array/scanner image analysis programs, other databases, spreadsheets, URLs, as well as UniGene, GenBank, and LocusLink databases. Silicon Genetics, meanwhile, released version 4.0 of its technology in April. 

ArrayMiner is a clustering technology that uses genetic algorithms to group individual genes according to their expression profiles. Silicon Genetics will offer this technology on its website. 

Optimal Design, based in Belgium, is affiliated with Brussels University.