Bioinformatics application service provider eBioinformatics of Pleasanton, Calif., has agreed to pay $11 million for Empatheon of Sunnyvale, Calif., a privately held life sciences data integration company that offers real-time access to public and private genomics and proteomics information.

According to eBioinformatics, the deal will help the company increase the range of data analysis options and boost the performance of its BioNavigator service by improving the way it stores and retrieves data.

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