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

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CNBC reports that Amazon invested in the startup Grail as it sees an opportunity for its cloud computing company in genomics.

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