WHITE PLAINS, NY--IBM announced that it has launched DiscoveryLink, a combination of middleware and integration services that it said will speed product cycles and reduce development costs for agriscience, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical companies. DiscoveryLink is the first product of IBM’s newly formed life sciences organization.
To deploy the product, IBM will team with software provider NetGenics of Cleveland, Ohio. Daniel McCurdy, vice-president, IBM life sciences, said, "By combining our expertise in database and IT infrastructure with NetGenics’ knowledge of industry applications, we can deliver a solution that we expect will dramatically impact the industry’s productivity."
IBM said the package, which will be available first quarter 2000, will create a virtual database by allowing data to be accessed by an application program as if they were in a single database, and in a single format, even though they remain heterogeneous in format and decentralized.