OAKLAND, Calif.--Two bioinformatics software providers--Pangea Systems here and Molecular Simulations of San Diego, Calif.--have agreed to integrate certain elements of their respective product lines to enhance both bioinformatics packages. The companies will use Pangea's application programming interface to link the company's data management system with Molecular Simulations' WebLab Gene Explorer application. Gene Explorer is a graphical environment for analyzing and viewing DNA and protein sequences and structures.
According to the companies, the collaboration will give Gene Explorer users a single point of access to five major public databases and any proprietary data they add to their systems. This should accelerate the drug discovery process, they predicted. In addition, the two firms will investigate establishing links between Pangea's data management system and Molecular Simulations' line of chemical and structural analysis applications for drug discovery.