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Tripos and SciTegic, BioDiscovery and Tecan, Ariadne Genomics, Genedata and Novartis Institute, Synamatix, and BD s Atto Bioscience and Scanalytics


Tripos Joins SciTegic's ISV Partner Program

SciTegic said last week that Tripos has joined its independent software vendor partner program.

Joint customers of the firms will be able to access Tripos' discovery informatics technology from within SciTegic's Pipeline Pilot framework.

Tripos is one of 12 ISVs to join the partner program. Through the agreement, SciTegic will provide Tripos with training, consulting, and support on achieving integration.

"Many of our customers already use Tripos' software and find it to be critical to their discovery research processes," said Mathew Hahn, vice president and general manager of SciTegic, in a statement.

The agreement follows Tripos' announcement in June that it had adopted a new web services-based integration strategy that involved partnering with workflow vendors [BioInform 06-20-05].

Tecan to Integrate its Hybridization Stations with BioDiscovery's Software

BioDiscovery and Tecan said last week that they will collaborate on integrating data collected by Tecan's HS series of automated hybridization stations with BioDiscovery's GeneDirector microarray data management software.

The integrated system will automatically capture information about a hybridization run so that GeneDirector customers can import this data into the GeneDirector database. The software will parse and associate the hybridization parameters to individual array hybridizations in the database.

The companies did not provide a timeline for the integration effort.

Ariadne's Pathway Software to Analyze STKE Data

Ariadne Genomics and the American Association for the Advancement of Science last week announced a licensing and distribution agreement that will enable data from the Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment — an online database provided by AAAS' journal Science — to be analyzed with Ariadne's PathwayAssist and PathwayStudio Central products.

The STKE Connections Map database currently contains 62 pathways. Ariadne said in a statement that the database "complements" its existing pathway products.

Ariadne said it will offer the STKE Connections Maps pathway collection to customers for an additional fee, but further details were not provided.

Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases to Use Genedata's Phylosopher

Genedata said last week that the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases in Singapore will use its Phylosopher PathoLead software to support its anti-infective research.

Genedata said that Phylosopher will serve as "an organization-wide scientific management system for proprietary data integration." Scientists at NITD will use the software to identify and validate target candidates and to prioritize development of novel drug classes.

Research at NITD focuses on Dengue fever and tuberculosis.

Synamatix Opens Malaysian Genomics Resource Center

Synamatix, a Malaysia-based bioinformatics company, said last week that it has opened the Malaysian Genomics Resource Center, an online service provider platform for high-throughput sequence analysis tools.

Synamatix ported its SynaSuite applications to the ASP platform, which is available at The platform runs on the company's SynaBase structured network database, which stores sequence data based on patterns and relationships.

The MGRC runs on a cluster of HP Itanium dual-processor servers and is expected to support an initial target of up to 1,000 online users.

BD's Atto Bioscience to Acquire Scanalytics for $453K

IT services firm CSP has sold the assets of its Scanalytics image-analysis subsidiary to Becton Dickinson's Atto Bioscience business for $453,000 in cash, CSP said last week.

Scanalytics, based in Fairfax, Va., markets scientific imaging software, including deconvolution and 3D restoration and gel analysis software. Atto Bioscience specializes in optical instrumentation, software, and reagents for real-time cell analysis.

BD Biosciences and Scanalytics recently signed an alliance to co-develop image-analysis software for BD Bioscience's automated microscopy platforms [BioInform 06-27-05].

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