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HP to Bundle BioImagene’s Image Management Software with Servers
BioImagene this week said that HP will bundle its high-content analysis and digital pathology software tools with HP servers.
The integration of the hardware and software “will allow for better management of the huge amounts of image data generated in discovery, life sciences, and clinical laboratories,” BioImagene said in a statement.
"It helps our customers receive a fully integrated solution, a fully supported solution, and they will have better software and hardware integration. It will help their bottom line in providing an efficient workflow and a cost-effective workflow in the digital pathology and high-content analysis markets," Mat Rashidi, interim vice president of marketing and business development at BioImagene, told BioInform this week.
BioImagene markets CellMine for managing high-content screening data and TissueMine for managing tissue images.
The CellMine cluster configuration on HP servers is built upon a four-node DL380 G5 two-processor, dual-core system.

Wako Pure Chemical to Distribute GNI’s Cell Illustrator in Japan
Tokyo-based drug-discovery firm GNI said this week that that Wako Pure Chemical Industries will market its Cell Illustrator 3.0 biopathway modeling software through its more than seventy partner agencies in Japan.
Wako will begin distributing the software in April.
GNI co-developed Cell Illustrator with researchers at the University of Tokyo's Institute of Medical Science to support its in-house research as well as research collaborations with pharmaceutical partners. The software enables biologists to create computer images and simulations of metabolic and gene regulatory pathways, signal transduction cascades, and dynamic biological interactions.
Current Cell Illustrator users include the University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience and the Australian Research Center’s Center for Bioinformatics' Visible Cell project.

Jackson Lab Taps PixelMedia to Design New Genetic Research Website
IT services firm PixelMedia said this week that it is working with the Jackson Laboratory to design an improved website for its genetic research facility.
"We were looking for a vendor with whom we could partner for both a challenging and complex rethinking of our current website,” said Scott McNeil, IT director and CIO of the Jackson Laboratory, in a statement.
PixelMedia is focusing on the usability of the website. The company said it has already conducted “a user experience-centered strategy workshop” in which it “prioritized target audiences, developed a mission statement for the initiative, and prioritized key communication goals for content and design.”
The company said it intends to conduct further user interviews to “prioritize tasks and identify pain points of the current website.”

GeneGo, Spotfire Integrate Software
GeneGo and Spotfire have integrated their software products, the companies said this week.
Users of Spotfire’s DecisionSite can now launch GeneGo’s MetaCore and MetaDrug products. DecisionSite users can also automatically upload chemical compounds into MetaCore and MetaDrug for analysis and then send the data back to DecisionSite in order to search for additional experiments that have been run in house.
Julie Bryant, vice president of business development at GeneGo, said in a statement that the company has received “numerous requests” from customers for integration with DecisionSite.

NC’s SAMSI to Host Biosystems Modeling Workshop in March
The Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute, a partnership of several North Carolina universities and research institutes, is holding a biosystems modeling workshop March 5-7 in Research Triangle Park, NC.
The workshop will focus on the development, calibration, and validation of computational systems biology models. These models include “small biochemical networks modeled with a set of coupled [ordinary differential equations] that can be simulated quickly on a standard PC, through to large spatio-temporal models of whole cell (or cell population) behavior run on large computing facilities,” according to SAMSI’s website.
The goal of the workshop is to “stimulate the formation of working groups on a small number of key mathematical and statistical challenges in computational systems biology modeling.”
Further information about the workshop is available here.

CLC Bio Joins Microsoft’s BioIT Alliance
CLC Bio said this week that it has joined the Microsoft-led BioIT Alliance.
CLC Bio, based in Aarhus, Denmark, offers bioinformatics software, hardware, and services.
Don Rule, Microsoft platform strategy advisor, said in a statement that the company brings “deep experience” in bioinformatics to the BioIT Alliance.
Other BioIT Alliance members include Affymetrix, Accelrys, Agilent Technologies, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Applied Biosystems, the BioTeam, Digipede Technologies, Discovery Biosciences, Geospiza, Hewlett-Packard, InterKnowlogy, Sun Microsystems, VizX Labs, and other companies in the pharmaceutical, biotech, hardware, and software industries.

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