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Spotfire Signs Deal with MDL, Launches Explorer


CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--Bioinformatics software developer Spotfire announced last week the release of Spotfire Decision Explorer 1.0, the second in a series of scientific components the company is developing to assist users of its SpotfirePro product with integrating, navigating, and analyzing complex data sets. The Windows-based Decision Explorer automatically generates views that demonstrate complex correlations. The company said features include automatic generation of visualizations based on a target variable, statistical distribution analysis, scoring of variables based on correlations to a targeted result, a decision-tree browser to scan analysis results, and immediate sampling of complex data sets. Results can be used in structure activity analysis, gene expression and preclinical data analysis, and chemical structure and gene expression analysis.

Spotfire CEO Chris Ahlberg said Decision Explorer provides "the advanced functionality at the benchtop to continually guide users along the path to a discovery."

Earlier this month, Spotfire and discovery informatics company MDL Information Systems announced an exclusive joint distribution agreement that granted MDL the right to distribute Spotfire's discovery products--SpotfirePro, Spotfire Structural Visualizer, and Spotfire Discovery Server--to the chemoinformatics segment of the life-science discovery market. Spotfire products will enable MDL customers interactively to integrate, visualize, and analyze data drawn from multiple databases. The companies cooperated previously to develop the Structure Visualizer product, which combines Spotfire Pro's visual discovery and data analysis with MDL's Integrated Scientific Information System chemical structure databases and software.

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