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Chicago-Based Proteomics/Bioinformatics Project Receives $1.95M

The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust have awarded $1.5 million to the Chicago Biomedical Consortium for a proteomics/bioinformatics demonstration project, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Chicago, and Northwestern University said last week.

The universities have also agreed to contribute an additional $150,000 each to the project.

According to the universities, the proteomics/bioinformatics project is the CBC’s first initiative, and will join “experimentalists, instrumentalists, and informaticians to apply new technology and new analytical techniques to addressing the basic questions of proteomics.”

Researchers working under the project will have access to a Fourier transform mass spectrometer, the universities noted. The FTMS is expected to be in place by the summer, but research teams and computational resources will be established before then.

Swansea University Partners with IBM for Life Science Center

The UK’s Ministry for Economic Development and Transport will invest £50 million to create a new Institute of Life Science at Swansea University, the university said last week.

The ILS will also serve as a new European Deep Computing Visualization Center for Medical Applications under a multi-year collaboration agreement between IBM and Swansea University. The center will include a new IBM supercomputer called “Blue C.”

Swansea university said that the facility will host scientist “working at the intersections of bio and nanotechnology, deep computing, and informatics.”

Construction of the Institute of Life Science is expected to cost £12.5 million and is due to begin this Spring.

NIH NCGC Licenses Teranode Design Suite

Teranode said last week that the National Institutes of Health’s Chemical Genomics Center will use its Teranode Design Suite as a part of a collaborative platform between the center and external organizations.

The NCGC will use TDS to publish and exchange assay designs, screening protocols, and screening results, Teranode said. The software will serve as one component of a pilot installation for its informatics infrastructure.

The company did not disclose financial details of the agreement.

Alabama Super Computer Facility to Use New Altix for Bioinformatics

SGI said last week that the Alabama Supercomputer Authority has deployed five Altix supercomputers to increase its computational capacity by a factor of 100.

The new system will be used for a range of scientific applications, including bioinformatics.

The ASC acquired five SGI Altix 350 systems, totaling 56 processors and 106 GB of memory. Installed in September at the ASC in Huntsville, the combined cluster of Altix 350 systems is around 280 gigaflops.

For bioinformatics applications, SGI said that scientists will use the system to better understand viral mechanisms, to study protein behavior, and to develop computational fluid dynamics calculations to better understand fluid flows through human nasal passages and lung branches.

Three of Altix 350 servers serve as compute engines for research projects, and 48 GB of memory from those systems can be made available for large compute problems. A six-processor Altix 350 system serves as the administrative front-end.

Accelrys, MolSoft Host Training Workshops

Accelrys and Molsoft have both announced plans to host training workshops in March.

The Accelrys workshops are $600 per day for commercial participants, $520 per day for government participants, and $380 per day for academics.

The company’s bioinformatics courses, on the Wisconsin Package and SeqLab, SeqWeb, and DS Gene, will be held in Cambridge, UK, March 8-11. Further details are available at

Accelrys will also two modeling courses March 2-4 in San Diego (, and four cheminformatics courses March 14-18 in San Diego (

Novo Nordisk to Use MDL’s Isentris

Elsevier MDL said last week that Novo Nordisk has licensed its MDL Isentris(R) information management and integration platform for its R&D operations.

Novo Nordisk was already using MDL’s DiscoveryGate querying environment, which is built upon Isentris. The company has now licensed the entire Isentris Enterprise Edition platform, which includes four additional modules.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.


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