At the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo in Boston, USA, CLC bio announced collaboration with Microsoft Corp. on integrating CLC bio’s extensive bioinformatics solutions with Microsoft’s software platform, for the benefit of companies, corporations, and institutions in the biotech, pharmaceutical, and life science sectors. CLC bio has already added support for Microsoft SQL Server in its database solution, CLC Bioinformatics Database, as well as support for Microsoft’s high-performance computing solutions, Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 and Windows HPC Server 2008. Dr. Rudy Potenzone, worldwide pharmaceutical industry technology strategist at Microsoft Corp. and director of the Bio IT Alliance, states: ‘We are delighted to work together with CLC bio, a member of the Bio IT Alliance and one of the world’s leading bioinformatics solution providers. This collaboration will ultimately help life sciences firms transition to the Microsoft platform throughout their research and development departments. CLC bio’s tools, fully integrated with the Microsoft Office System, increase ease of use and expand the number of potential users, while reducing administrative overhead and creating a lean workflow. Furthermore, CLC bio’s internationally renowned experts are available for consulting and customized development.” Jan Lomholdt, Vice President at CLC bio, continues: “With our support for Microsoft’s server solutions, the first step in the process has already been taken. The second step is to further advance our collaboration in areas such as Next Generation Sequencing and high-performance computing, which ultimately can help realize the potential of personalized medicine. As a former member of Microsoft’s World Wide Advisory Council, I have first hand experience of the strength and potential Microsoft brings to the table with a collaboration like this, which of course is interesting for a company like ours.” Windows HPC Server 2008, the successor to Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, includes a common set of High Performance Computing productivity tools that reaches across desktop and clusters, including a new Parallel Computing Initiative for multicore development. CLC bio’s high-performance computing solution for servers and clusters, CLC Bioinformatics Cell, supports Microsoft’s Message Passing Interface (MPI) in order to run bioinformatics algorithms such as HMMER, ClustalW, and Smith-Waterman on Windows HPC Server 2008 installations.