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GeneGo Wins $750K Phase II SBIR to Adapt MetaCore for Proteomics
GeneGo said this week that it has received a $750,000 Phase II SBIR grant from the Department of Defense to adapt its MetaCore pathway analysis platform for proteomics data.
The grant will fund development of new algorithms for reconstructing protein-state-specific biological networks and pathways, the company said in a statement.
GeneGo will work with the University of Southern California, Rosetta Biosoftware, and the Michigan Proteome Consortium on the project.

Gene Logic Grants FDA Access to Data and Software for PGx Evaluation
Gene Logic this week said it will give the US Food and Drug Administration access to certain of its genomics data and software to help the agency evaluate voluntary genomics data submissions.
As part of the deal, the FDA will get access to a collection of toxicogenomic and rat classical toxicology data from Gene Logic’s ToxExpress system; gene expression data from normal human tissue samples from its BioExpress system; its Genesis Enterprise System 3.0 software for data management and analysis; and the GX Connect 3.0 software for uploading third-party data into the Genesis Enterprise System.
The FDA’s VGDS program, outlined in its March 2005 Pharmacogenomics Guidance Document, is aimed at encouraging drug makers to voluntarily submit genomics data to help edify the FDA about the kinds of technologies and methodologies these companies use in pharmacogenomics research.

Genomatix Licenses Microarray Software to TechnicalUniversityMunich
Genomatix Software said this week that the Center of Nutrigenomics of the Technical University Munich has signed a multi-year license agreement for its Genomatix Microarray Analysis Pipeline.
The center includes facilities for DNA-microarrays, proteomics, and metabolite profiling, and is studying the interaction of dietary constituents with the genome at the levels of the transcriptome, the proteome, and the metabolome in model organisms.
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

UK Biobank to Use Thermo’s Nautilus LIMS
Thermo Electron said last week that it has implemented its Nautilus LIMS at the UK Biobank to track, store, manage, and report on the biological data of 500,000 people.
The ULK Biobank is expected to grow from one clinic to 15 by the end of 2007, and the biological samples for all sites will be tracked by the Nautilus LIMS.
Thermo said that The UK Biobank has configured the LIMS to follow “certain and fixed workflows so all samples follow the same protocols for testing and storage.” The collected data will be made available to researchers studying the impact of genetics, lifestyle, and environment on health.
Nautilus will be integrated with an automated system that receives samples, fractions them into appropriate vessels for testing, analysis, and storage, and then tracks and stores all data relative to the sample.

National Eye Institute to Use BioFortis Translational Research Software
BioFortis said this week that the pediatric, developmental, and genetic opthamology laboratory at the National Eye Institute has adopted its Labmatrix translational research data management application to support family-based genetic studies.
The NEI lab integrates clinical and basic research focusing on uveal coloboma, a potentially blinding, developmental abnormality of the eye caused by failure of the optic fissure to close during the fifth week of gestation.
Labmatrix will store, track, and query clinical exam data and integrate this information with molecular genetic findings.
The software includes an HL7 interface that will be used to maintain synchronization of clinical data between Labmatrix and the NEI’s electronic medical record system.

Agilent Partners with Proteome Systems on Glycomics Software Development
Proteome Systems and Agilent Technologies are partnering to develop software for glycomics, the study of the structure and function of sugars, the companies said this week.
Proteome Systems will provide develop glycomics applications and software for use with Agilent’s mass spectrometer range of instruments.
The agreement builds on an earlier collaboration that the companies entered into in April 2005.

Accelrys Licenses SciTegic’s Pipeline Pilot to TrinityCollegeDublin
Accelrys said this week that it has licensed the Pipeline Pilot workflow software from its SciTegic division to Trinity College, Dublin.
The molecular design group in Trinity’s School of Biochemistry and Immunology will use the software to integrate discovery data coming from a number of research sources.
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

BioMachines to Use Nonlinear’s SameSpots for Protein Analysis Service
Nonlinear Dynamics said this week that BioMachines will use its SameSpots 2D analysis software as part of its protein analysis service.
Tom Larrichio, CEO of BioMachines, said in a statement that the software “vastly reduces, and even removes in some cases, the need for post analysis editing — the time-consuming part of 2D image analysis.”

Genedata, Ingenuity Integrate Software
Genedata said this week that it has integrated its Expressionist microarray analysis software with Ingenuity Systems’ Ingenuity Pathways Analysis application.
As a result of the integration, researchers will have a “seamless workflow when linking genome-wide experimental data with disease-relevant information about genes, proteins and biological pathways,” Genedata said in a statement.

SAS JMP Genomics Tools Gain Affy GeneChip-Compatible Status
SAS said this week that two products in its suite of genomics software, JMP Microarray and JMP Genetics, have earned GeneChip-compatible status for use with the Affymetrix microarray platform.
As a member of the Affymetrix GeneChip-compatible Applications Program, SAS “commits to future technical integration between the JMP genomics software and GeneChip arrays as the Affymetrix platform evolves,” the company said in a statement.

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