BEVERLY, Mass.--Proteome, an internet provider of biological knowledge databases to pharmaceutical and biotechnology researchers, has just announced that it received $8.1 million in venture capital financing in December last year from Boston Millennia Partners and William Blair Capital Partners. The company, founded in 1995, uses curators to prepare databases of gene and protein information by annotation of the scientific literature.
More than 25 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies subscribe to Proteome databases, collectively called the BioKnowledge Library. Academic laboratories are allowed free, limited use of the company’s model organism databases via the internet. Expanding on its yeast and worm gene and protein databases, the company plans to include databases that link to the human genome.