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Solexa, SciTegic, Spotfire, Biobase, MGED Jamboree


Solexa Wins £700K Grant for Bioinformatics Project

Solexa of Cambridge, UK, a private company developing single-molecule sequencing technology, said last week that it has been awarded a £700,000 ($1.3 million) grant from the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry and Medical Research Council to develop bioinformatics tools for the comparative analysis of whole-genome data.

Solexa is collaborating with the European Bioinformatics Institute, Imperial College London, and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute on the project. The company said it would also contribute funds to give the project a total budget of £1.53 million ($2.8 million).

The funds will support development of new statistical tools for analyzing whole-genome data, as well as further development of the Ensembl software system to handle whole-genome sequences from many different individuals.

The project is expected to start in April.

SciTegic Expands Pipeline Pilot Agreement with AstraZeneca

SciTegic last week said that AstraZeneca has agreed to expand its current single-site license for Pipeline Pilot to a global license for multiple sites around the world.

AstraZeneca first licensed the company’s workflow management software in 2002. The company is using the software to integrate its cheminformatics applications.

Financial terms of the global licensing agreement were not provided.

Integromics, Spotfire Sell Software in Spain

Integromics, a Spanish provider of life science IT services, will now market Spotfire’s DecisionSite software products in the Spanish market, the companies said last week.

The companies said they have jointly sold a DecisionSite license to the National Center for Biotechnology (Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia, or CNB) in Madrid.

CNB will use DecisionSite for therapeutic research for humans and animals, agricultural research, and environmental remediation research.

GPC Biotech Subscribes to Biobase’s Transpath Database

Biobase said last week that GPC Biotech has subscribed to its Transpath Professional signal transduction database.

Financial terms of the licensing agreement were not disclosed.

TIGR to Host MGED Programming Jamboree

The MGED (Microarray Gene Expression Data) Society will host a programming jamboree at the Institute for Genomic Research in Rockville, Md., May 24-28.

Tasks on the agenda include the development of tools to handle the MGED Ontology, development of tools to enhance the Perl and Java APIs for the MAGEstk software toolkit, improved MAGE documentation, and development of a MAGE-OM tutorial.

Details and registration information are available at

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September Plans

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Nucleic Acids Research Papers on Targeting DNA Damage Response, TSMiner, VarSAn

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