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Oct. 10, 2007

has just released Prism Tools, the pharmaceutical industry’s first intuitive Web 2.0 toolkit that leverages the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium’s (CDISC) Operational Data Model standard to deliver more useful data through a user-friendly, dashboard-oriented experience. The user interface for Prism, Nextrials’ clinical trial management and data collection software, Prism Tools assembles information in multimedia formats using Flash and other graphical applications.

Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich announced a $100,000 grant to the Chicago Technology Park as part of the state’s Biotech Training Investment Program. The grant will fund the BiTmaP Program, a bioinformatics training curriculum originally started by a U.S. Department of Labor grant that helps IT workers make the transition to life sciences.

GenoLogics’ Geneus product has achieved GeneChip-compatible status with Affymetrix, and the company has joined the GeneChip-compatible Applications Program. Geneus, a LIMS and scientific data management system, is now seamlessly integrated with the Affymetrix GeneChip platforms, GeneChip Operating Software, and GeneChip Command Console Software.

Alnylam and Merck have ended an ongoing RNAi drug-development alliance worth more than $120 million. The companies mutually agreed to terminate their July 2006 amended and restated agreement. As a result, Alnylam has rescinded all grants of its intellectual property related to current and future Merck development programs, including the partnership’s former co-development programs.


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