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Federal Data Wins $19.5M FDA Computing Contract


BETHESDA, Md.--Federal Data, an information technology company specializing in government contracts, was awarded a five-year, $19.5 million job by the US Food and Drug Administra-tion's National Center for Toxicological Research. Federal Data will provide scientific computing and information technology support, including bioinformatics services, to the center. Information technology services will include software engineering, migration and systems support, network engineering, statistical analysis, and computational science, the company said. Scientific computing services will include computational chemistry, visualization, image processing and analysis, 3-D reconstruction, numerical simulation and modeling, datamining and data warehousing, artificial intelligence, and pattern recognition.

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