Swiss bioinformatics company SmartGene has expanded its presence in the US market this week by licensing its Integrated Database Network System (IDNS) to Laboratory Corporation of America, which plans to use it to identify bacterial and fungal pathogens.
SmartGene this week also reinforced its foothold in Europe through an agreement with the Swiss Institute for Bioinformatics, which contracted the company to help develop a database on influenza viruses for the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data.

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