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Ocimum Biosolutions Joins Microsoft's BioIT Alliance

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Ocimum Biosolutions today said that it has joined the BioIT Alliance, a group of biotech and IT companies working with Microsoft to advance biomedical information technology.
 
“We look forward to working with other Alliance partners for coming up with cutting edge integrated informatics solutions for enabling quality R&D,” said Ocimum Biosolutions President Subach Lingareddy.
 
Other BioIT Alliance members include Applied Biosystems, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Affymetrix, Agilent, and other biomedical informatics, tools, and services companies.

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