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In Brief This Week: PerkinElmer; Genedata, Riken Center for Genomic Medicine; Linguamatics; Dotmatics; Cyntellect

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – PerkinElmer has opened a new lab in Chennai, India, focused on expanding its fetal, maternal, and neonatal health-screening capabilities in that country. The firm also said that it has launched a collaboration with MediScan Systems, a referral diagnostic ultrasound center in South India with a focus on fetal medicine.

The Riken Center for Genomic Medicine will use Genedata's Expressionist software to support its biomarker development for cancer research, the Basel, Switzerland-based firm said this week. Riken is using the Refiner MS and Analyst modules that are part of Expressionist for high-throughput LC-MS-based proteomics data processing and analysis.

Linguamatics said this week that it has expanded its US-based operations with the opening of a new North American headquarters in Newton, Mass.

Dotmatics this week said that the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research has licensed the firm's suit of drug discovery informatics tools.

Cyntellect this week said that Purdue University has installed the firm's LEAP Cell Processing Workstation in its Flow Cytometry and Cell Separation Facility. The university used an NIH Share Instrument Grant to purchase the system, which is a microplate-based cytometry system used for in situ cell analysis and purification.

The Scan

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Bring it Back In

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Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases

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