NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Congenica said today that it has received a £300,000 (about $454,000) grant from Innovate UK which it will use to develop new functionalities for its whole-genome analysis and interpretation software.

This award is part of a funding competition organized by Innovate UK aimed at investing up to £2.5 million in two-year collaborative research and development projects that seek to develop technologies, products, and services focused on complex biological data streams and models.

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