Company Announcements

In January, Synamatix announced a research collaboration with the Universiti Malaysia Sabah’s Biotechnology Research Institute.

In January, Golden Helix launched a collaboration program, whose inaugural members include the University of California Los Angeles, Zucker Hillside Hospital, Montreal Heart Institute, Emory University, Case Western Reserve University and the University at Lübeck in Germany.

CLC bio and several Danish research institutions established SEQNET, a national network for developing a software platform for next-generation sequencing technologies. The Danish Agency for Science Technology and Innovation provided $3 million for the three-year program.

Partek named Quimica Valaner as its Mexican distributor.

BIOBASE GmbH opened a subsidiary in Yokohama, Japan, in January.

CAMO Software signed Charpa Techcentre as a value-added reseller for Thailand for its Unscrambler multivariate analysis, chemometric and experimental design software.

GeneGo is collaborating with the Netherlands Toxicogenomics Center on a five-year, €25 million ($34 million) multiparty program to develop predictive “omics”-based screens to evaluate chemical safety.

Under an OEM agreement, Geospiza will link its Finchlab New Gen Edition software with Isilon Systems’ X-Series clustered storage system.

Starlims’ 2007 revenues rose 20.3% to $23.8 million (see IBO 3/15/08), as product revenue grew 24.9% to $13.9 million and service revenue increased 14.4% to $9.9 million. The company forecasts 2008 revenues to be $27–$29 million. It also announced it acquired a UK partner.

Product Introductions

India’s 3i Infotech and Caliber Technologies will integrate their respective ORION Enterprise Resource Planning Suite and LIMS to provide regulatory compliance for the pharmaceutical industry.

Tripos International launched Tripos SYBYL 8.0 discovery software for computational chemists and molecular modelers, featuring capability for ligand- and receptor-based designs.

Biomatrica introduced SampleWare 3.0, a database system for storing and organizing sample information, available in Desktop, Network or Basic editions.

Geneva Bioinformatics (GeneBio) and the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics released Melanie 2-D gel analysis platform 7.0, featuring new user interface and user interaction modes. It will be commercialized by GeneBio and GE Healthcare under the respective names Melanie and ImageMaster 2D Platnium.

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