University College Dublin of Dublin, Ireland, has received US Patent No. 8,116,551, "Method and system for image analysis." A method for determining the level of expression of objects of interest using an automated image analysis system is claimed.
About 60 percent of NovaUCD's tech-transfer activity last year was in the life sciences. The program has also benefitted from a portion of a €30 million initiative launched by the Irish government in 2007 to boost tech transfer at the country's research institutions.
Looking to support local industry and nurture Ireland's economic recovery, University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin will combine their existing programs in tech transfer, enterprise development, industry relations, and post-graduate entrepreneurial education, largely in the area of life sciences.
While the datasets are dwarfed by comparison to those of genomics and proteomics, metabolomics has challenges all its own. Leaders from the forefront of informatics development for this field sound off on the current status of small molecule informatics and database development, and where they need to go.