IBM has taken an undisclosed minority equity stake in protein database provider Structural Bioinformatics of San Diego, marking Big Blue’s first investment in a life sciences company.

As part of the deal, IBM has also become the strategic information technology partner of Structural Bioinformatics.

The two companies will collaborate to make the content of Structural Bioinformatics’ databases more accessible to researchers worldwide through the Internet on a subscription basis. Joint marketing initiatives are being planned as well.

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