The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute this week launched an Industrial Affiliates Program that is designed to facilitate cooperative relationships and partnerships between VBI's researchers and their colleagues in commercial entities.

The program will offer platinum and gold memberships to interested companies. VBI plans to use to funds from its industry partners to advance the institute's research efforts in network dynamics, simulation science, and policy informatics; cyberinfrastructure; biosystems; and medical informatics and systems.

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