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Consolidation History in the Bioinformatics Sector, as Tracked by BioInform, 2000-2003


March: Paracel acquired by Celera Genomics (deal worth $283M)

August: Oxford Molecular acquired by Pharmacopeia (deal worth $27M)

September: Neomorphic acquired by Affymetrix (deal worth $70M)

October: Empaheon acquired by eBioinformatics (deal worth $11M)

December: Proteome acquired by Incyte (deal worth $77M)


Rosetta Inpharmatics acquired by Merck (deal worth $620M)

July: Synomics acquired by Accelrys (deal worth $4M)

July: Momentum acquired by Cellomics

November: Genomica acquired by Exelixis (deal worth $110M)


NetGenics acquired by Lion Bioscience (deal worth $17M)

February: ProteoMetrics closes, software acquired by Genomic Solutions (value not disclosed)

March: Entigen ceases operations

March: DoubleTwist closes

December: InforMax acquired by Invitrogen (deal worth $42M)


Structural Genomics, GeneFormatics plan merger

February: Viaken Systems closes

February: Phase-it acquired by Europroteome (value not disclosed)

March: Molecular Mining closes

April: Argentys (formerly Blackstone) acquired by TurboWorx (value not disclosed)

April: LabBook discontinues retail operations; Rescentris licenses technology


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