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PerkinElmer’s electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) and Elsevier’s Reaxys can now be integrated.

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) has announced enterprise-wide access to SciFinder.

The National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) in Wales has received delivery of IDBS’ Enterprise Translational Medicine Solution (ETMS).

PerkinElmer and Tibco Software have entered into an exclusive strategic relationship. Under the terms of the agreement, PerkinElmer has licensed the exclusive, worldwide rights to the Tibco Spotfire software platform in certain scientific research and development markets, including basic and preclinical development applications in life sciences as well as R&D, quality assurance and quality control applications in chemical, petrochemical, environmental, food and drink, and academia. Combining the depth of PerkinElmer’s domain knowledge and solutions with the analytical

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PerkinElmer and Tibco Software announce strategic partnership

capabilities of Tibco Spotfire will provide what the companies state will be a broader, richer set of analytical solutions for the research market. As a result, PerkinElmer will take responsibility for growing and servicing the Tibco Spotfire business in these markets.

‘How scientists capture and visualise their data through the Tibco Spotfire platform is fundamental to how scientists conduct their work. Spotfire is a critical data analysis tool for the R&D community and complements PerkinElmer’s informatics offering by adding search and data visualisation, which are among the most

pressing business requirements of life sciences, diagnostics and environmental laboratories, worldwide,’ said Mike Stapleton, general manager of Informatics at PerkinElmer. ‘Through this strategic

relationship, we are very excited to offer scientists a complete package of data generation, data management as well as data analysis and visualisation to better harness information for more informed insights and decisions. The interoperability of PerkinElmer’s E-Notebook with the Tibco Spotfire platform puts all information in one place for our customers.’


The results of an industry-wide laboratory informatics report conducted among 6,000 pharmaceutical laboratory informatics specialists have been published by Pharma IQ. Results from the survey indicate that 75 per cent of laboratory informatics users view technology investment and implementation as their number one priority between 2012

and 2015, with just 8.3 per cent using ‘The Cloud’. Furthermore, the implementation of laboratory informatics systems in pharma is mature, as almost 55 per cent of respondents implemented their major system in the last 7-11 years, with 30 per cent having one in place for 11 years or more.

Pharma IQ asked users what the three biggest obstacles were in the

day-to-day experience of laboratory informatics and the top two challenges listed include data mining and a lack of knowledge around the standardisation of regulatory requirements, both with 41.7 per cent. Integration with other non- informatics software systems and a lack of industry standards were also high on peoples’ agenda, at 37.5 per cent.

Drug discovery software company Molegro acquired by CLC bio

CLC bio has announced the acquisition of Molegro as part of its strategy of expanding its bioinformatics offerings beyond next generation sequencing. A specialised software company, Molegro focuses on molecular docking, including prediction and analysis of protein- ligand interactions, screening of

compound databases for activities against a receptor and determination of molecule similarity. ‘We have always had a strong focus on the science behind our software, and joining CLC bio allows us to become part of a strong analysis platform and focus even more on developing the next


generation of molecular docking products,’ said Dr René Thomsen, CEO at Molegro. ‘CLC bio has demonstrated the capability to build an elaborate analysis platform and distribute it internationally, and exactly that competence is the best way to take the features of Molegro’s software to the next level.’

Effective immediately, Molegro will become part of CLC bio’s organisation at its headquarters in Aarhus, Denmark. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. All existing Molegro customers with an active support and software upgrade contract have been transferred to CLC bio.

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