GAITHERSBURG, Md.--Gene Logic announced that it has licensed its Object Protocol Model (OPM)-based bioinformatics system and software tools to SmithKline Beecham. The two companies will collaborate to use OPM to develop a series of customized databases and servers to integrate a wide range of public and proprietary genomic and biological data sources into Smith Kline's data mining process. Under the agreement, Gene Logic will receive software license fees and funding for its portion of the collaborative development program.
Gene Logic's bioinformatics system was developed using scientific data management tools based on the OPM developed by Victor Markowitz's team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The tools enable the rapid development of relational databases, the integration of relational and flat file databases, and building cross-database query systems.