Clinical genomics firm Ardais announced the first customers for its BIGR database and suite of bioinformatics tools last week. The Lexington, Mass.-based company launched the BIGR (Biomaterials and Information for Genomic Research) resource in October 2001 and now claims a dozen customers, according to a company spokeswoman. Those announced last week include Abgenix, Aventis, and CuraGen.

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