While funding may be hard to come by in some high-tech sectors, bioinformatics companies seem to be bucking the economic trend. Last week, MolecularWare of Cambridge, Mass., closed on a $2.5 million first round of financing from several funding sources, led by the Aspen Investment Group and KnowledgeCube Group.

MolecularWare joins Viaken, Inpharmatica, and Scimagix, who secured a total of $82 million in funds during July.

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