Iconix Pharmaceuticals, a Mountain View, Calif., chemogenomics company, has been happily compiling a database of chemical compounds and gene expression profiles for the past three years. But by the time the database, called DrugMatrix, began creeping toward 100 million data points a year ago, it was simply too large for Iconix’s researchers to extract meaningful information from it using standard data-mining tools, according to COO Leslie Browne.

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