OAKLAND, Calif.--Pangea Systems has changed its name to DoubleTwist to reflect its new identity as an application service provider and internet company, hosting a life science research portal at http://www.doubletwist.com. The company announced that its new mission is to "empower life scientists by providing interactive, multifunctional research environments that leverage information technology and the web to simplify and accelerate gene discovery."
CEO John Couch explained, "As Pangea, we focused on providing enterprise software solutions, databases, and services to larger pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies for use by their inhouse bioinformatics and database experts. As DoubleTwist, we are making the power of those tools and information sources available to a much wider audience, in a form that is easy to use and accessible to any scientist."
Commercial launch of the portal, which was first announced in September, has been delayed until February.