BioDiscovery, Tecan Collaborate on Integration of Microarray Hybridization Data Management with GeneDirector®

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BioDiscovery, Inc. and Tecan announced today a collaboration offering researchers a solution for comprehensive data management that helps to better interpret and verify microarray results. The collaboration is based on direct integration of data collected by Tecan�s HS series of automated hybridization stations with BioDiscovery�s GeneDirector® microarray data management software.

BioDiscovery, Inc. and Tecan announced today a collaboration offering researchers a solution for comprehensive data management that helps to better interpret and verify microarray results. The collaboration is based on direct integration of data collected by Tecan’s HS series of automated hybridization stations with BioDiscovery’s GeneDirector® microarray data management software. GeneDirector® is an enterprise software solution for microarray data management that fully supports MIAME compliance. This integration enables the user to automatically capture, store and relate all the information about a particular microarray hybridization run on Tecan’s HS instruments to the arrays stored in the GeneDirector® database. This information can be used for QC purposes and also correct for process biases to ensure the accuracy of array experimental results.

“Ensuring reliability and reproducibility of results are still big challenges for researchers in the field of microarrays”, said Johannes Posch, Product Manager at Tecan. “Improvement in this respect can be achieved by standardization of experiments through process automation and comprehensive data management that helps to track and relate data from specific experimental conditions. Therefore we highly welcome the collaboration with BioDiscovery in order to offer microarray users increased value of their genomic and proteomic research.”

"It is wonderful that Tecan has had the foresight to design a system that automatically captures all the relevant information about a hybridization run in an electronic format", said Dr. Soheil Shams, President of BioDiscovery. “We are pleased that our GeneDirector customers can now import this information into the GeneDirector database with a single mouse click. GeneDirector will parse and correctly associate the hybridization parameters to individual array hybridizations in the database.”

Background on Tecan:

Tecan (http://www.tecan.com) is a leading player in the health care supply industry that specializes in the development, production, and distribution of solutions enabling the discovery of pharmaceutical substances, as well as for genomics, proteomics, and diagnostics. Tecan clients are leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, university research departments and diagnostic laboratories. Founded in Switzerland in 1980, the company has manufacturing, research and development sites in both North America and Europe and maintains a sales and service network in 52 countries.

Background on BioDiscovery:

Founded in 1997 in Los Angeles, BioDiscovery is a leader in the development of microarray bioinformatics software and services. BioDiscovery offers a complete suite of software products for the entire microarray workflow, including collection, management and integration of all data associated with array experiments. GeneDirector manages the flow of data through the stages of array layout, automated image analysis, and statistically robust data analysis.

For more information about Tecan contact:

Marketing Communications, Tecan Schweiz AG

Seestrasse 103, CH-8708 Männedorf, Switzerland

Tel +41 (0)44 922 88 88, Fax +41 (0)44 922 82 89

info@tecan.com http://www.tecan.com

For more information about BioDiscovery contact:

BioDiscovery, Inc.

Warren Lei

Phone: (310) 414-8100 ext.231

Fax: (310) 414-8111

Email: wlei@biodiscovery.com

Website: http://www.biodiscovery.com

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