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Merck Expands GeneGo License to MetaCore to Include All Its Scientists

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – GeneGo yesterday said that German pharma Merck has expanded its license to the company’s MetaCore product to allow all Merck employees to access the software “in perpetuity.”
 
Merck researchers will use the technology in both early discovery and new compound safety testing, GeneGo said.
 
"We see MetaCore as a further step into systems biology, a novel discipline which holds much promise for pharmaceutical research," said Friedrich Rippmann, director of bio- and chemoinformatics at Merck.

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