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June 13, 2007

Agilent Technologies announced that its unique RNA Integrity Database is now online and accessible to the genomics community free of charge. Because RNA quality-control criteria are defined experimentally, this repository of shared data from Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer users can eliminate the need to repeat validation experiments, saving significant time and money. Any Agilent bioanalyer user can contribute data to the Web-based resource. At launch, the repository is populated with 650 total RNA profiles that extend across human, mouse, rat, and several plant species and tissues.

Atrium Research, a market research organization has released the third edition of company’s report, Electronic Laboratory Notebooks: A Foundation for Scientific Knowledge Management. Containing years of research, the study examines the ELN market, technology, requirements, best practices, legal issues, benefits, industry trends, and products. The 627-page report includes over 200 pages dedicated to reviewing the latest ELN software products from major suppliers. Over 400 charts, tables, and figures illustrate key points.

Helicos BioSciences became the first publicly traded company to focus solely on next-generation sequencing. The company’s initial public offering in late May sold 5.4 million shares of common stock on the NASDAQ Global Market (symbol: HLCS). The company raised about $45 million in the IPO. Helicos plans to use about $20 million of the proceeds to develop its HeliScope system and its tSMS technology. The remaining $20 million or so will pay for sales, marketing, and manufacturing efforts for the HeliScope.


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