This article has been updated from a previous version to clarify information about the deal between Integromics and TATAA Biocenter.
Spanish bioinformatics firm Integromics in the past week inked three agreements expected to increase the number of users of RealTime StatMiner, its real-time quantitative PCR data-analysis tool.
Under the first agreement, announced this week, the National Cancer Institute and international stem-cell research consortium ESTools have purchased site-wide licenses to RealTime StatMiner, making the tool available to every researcher within the organizations.
Also, last week qPCR support and services organization TATAA Biocenter said that it would distribute and provide training for RealTime StatMiner at its locations in Sweden and the Czech Republic.
Integromics, based in Madrid, developed RealTime StatMiner in partnership with Life Technologies' Applied Biosystems unit to be a complete qPCR data-analysis tool. According to the company, the software offers "a genuine workflow analysis guide for RT-qPCR," thus simplifying and accelerating experiments.
RealTime StatMiner integrates quality controls, selection of best endogenous controls, clustering, differential expression, two-way analysis of variance, and report generation through an industry-standard step-by-step guide, Integromics said.
Under the NCI and ESTools licenses, researchers will use version 4.0 of the software to accelerate, standardize, and validate bioinformatics analyses in cancer research.
For instance, the software will allow researchers at ESTools to analyze data from Applied Biosystems TaqMan Array Cards quickly and to compare phenotypes of different cell lines to specific standards, Peter Andrews, co-coordinator of ESTools, said in a statement.
"RealTime StatMiner software v4.0 has helped us to streamline our qPCR data analyses, giving us greater confidence in the results," Andrews said.
ESTools is the largest consortium of human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cell researchers in Europe. Spanning 10 countries, the project brings together the combined expertise of 21 academic and commercial research teams.
Integromics said that with the new licenses, more than 300 research labs are now using RealTime StatMiner.
In its second agreement, announced last week, TATAA Biocenter, a European provider of qPCR services, will provide training in qPCR data analysis to researchers using RealTime StatMiner.
Founded in 2001, TATAA Biocenter has facilities in Gothenburg, Sweden; Sunnyvale, Calif., and Prague, Czech Republic. The organization offers a full range of real-time PCR services including high-throughput real-time PCR analysis, primer and probe design, assay design and validation, data analysis, testing and evaluation of kits and instruments, and contract research to pharmaceutical and biotech companies. TATAA Biocenter also partners on several EU-funded research projects and national R&D efforts.
In a statement, TATAA Biocenter Chairman Mikael Kubista said that the center has been teaching real-time qPCR courses since 2001, and continually updates its course programs to reflect the latest technological advances.
"Our data analysis courses are designed for researchers, technicians, and post-graduate students without specialist bioinformatics training, and RealTime StatMiner provides these users with an array of powerful, easy-to-use data-analysis tools," Kubista said.
Also this week, Integromics said that it has launched a free edition of RealTime StatMiner, which contains features "that will enable researchers to gain experience of some of the RealTime StatMiner benefits without committing to purchasing the software."