NuTec Sciences of Atlanta, Ga., said it is developing bioinformatics tools for Genomic Solutions GeneTac biochip system. The companies plan to work together on the design and development of the new software product, which they expect to be available by the end of the year.
Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.
NuTec will integrate its Gleams clustering software for array image acquisition and analysis with the Integrator data acquisition and storage software currently used with GeneTac. Michael Garrett, director of business development and marketing for NuTec, said the Gleams software is able to accept images from multiple file formats and can analyze various array types, including glass slide, high density, nylon filter based, and others.
The collaboration further rounds out our GeneTac biochip system, enabling us to provide robust software tools that take researchers from simple image analysis to comprehensive data analysis, data mining, and visualization, said Shannon Richey, executive vice president of marketing at Genomic Solutions, in a statement.
Greg Kinch, vice president for business development at Genomic Solutions, cited the clustering algorithms behind the software as a key advantage. Simply put, if existing analysis software is the ground level view, this enhanced, clustering analysis software provides researchers a more global view, Kinch said.
Garrett said the partnership further strengthens NuTec Sciences entry into the life sciences marketplace and validates the strength and utility of our proprietary software tools for array analysis.