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FactBio Joins Pistoia Alliance

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Bioinformatics startup FactBio has joined the Pistoia Alliance, a non-profit alliance of life science companies, vendors, publishers, and academics that support life sciences research and development.

"The Pistoia Alliance has made excellent progress in supporting life sciences R&D and many of its projects are now having an impact globally," FactBio CEO James Malone said in a statement. "By joining the Pistoia Alliance, we hope to help in tackling some of the challenges faced by life sciences R&D."

Launched in 2015, FactBio develops bioinformatics software to help pharmaceutical companies and academic research groups explore, manage, and share scientific data. The company's first product, the Knowledge Sharing Platform or Kusp, is slated to launch in the second half of this year. It will provide tools for integrating public and proprietary datasets, as well as for tracking information related to biological entities of interest, such as genes, pathways, proteins, and scientific papers, using a series of so-called virtual BioBuckets. Kusp will also be fully integrated into social media, allowing researchers to share their discoveries.