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


January: Structural Genomics, GeneFormatics announce plans to merge (relaunch as Cengent Therapeutics in May)

February: Viaken Systems closes

February: Phase-it acquired by Europroteome

March: Molecular Mining closes (former employees license technology and launch Predictive Patterns in June)

April: Argentys (formerly Blackstone) acquired by TurboWorx

April: LabBook discontinues retail operations; Rescentris licenses technology

June: AnVil closes

June: Molecular Ware acquired by CalbaTech

August: Physiome Sciences acquired by Predix Pharmaceuticals (former Physiome employees license technology and launch the BioAnalytics Group in October)

September: Time Logic acquired by Active Motif

September: Incellico’s assets acquired by Genstruct

November: Celltech closes Confirmant database business (picked up via OGS acquisition in May)

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