Tokyo-based IT giant NEC is dipping a cautious toe into the US life science informatics waters with an early version of its Express5800/MD Server, a dedicated appliance for speeding up molecular dynamics simulations.

NEC launched MD Server in Japan in November, but the product is not yet available for sale in the US. While the firm has a strong foothold in the Japanese life science market • it launched its life science division in 1985 • MD Server will mark its first US product, and it's not taking any chances.

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