NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Oxford Gene Technology is collaborating with healthcare and life sciences IT company Optra Systems to develop new visualization and analysis software, OGT said today.

The joint project is now in a testing phase, and the companies already have developed an initial software platform for use in visualizing and analyzing biomedical data from high resolution scanners.

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