Oct. 8, 2008
NVIDIA GPUs are contributing over 1 petaflop of processing power to Stanford University’s Folding@home distributed computing network, nearly half of the processing power of the entire project. NVIDIA’s contribution is delivered by 11,370 of the total active processors used in the project. Folding@home is Stanford’s distributed computing program used to simulate protein folding. Protein-folding simulations can be done 140 times faster on an NVIDIA GPU than on traditional CPUs.
Phase Forward acquired Radnor, PA-based Clarix for $40 million cash. Clarix provides Web-integrated interactive response technology (IRT) used for subject randomization, operational management, and reporting in clinical trials. Phase Forward plans to integrate Clarix’ Web-integrated features into its InForm electronic data capture tool. Clarix’ platform allows customers to set up clinical trials in half the time of tradition IRT providers.
Sigma-Aldrich has announced the addition of 2,000 new, highly validated antibodies to the Human Protein Atlas, a non-commercial endeavor of the Human Proteome Resource. Sigma-Aldrich exclusively provides these antibodies to researchers in its Prestige Antibodies library. The Atlas now includes 3,800 antibodies directed against 3,600 genes.
Bayer has acquired Germany’s Direvo Biotech for $299 million. Direvo specializes in protein engineering, and will give Bayer a boost in manufacturing biological drugs, such as antibodies, that would presumably add to Bayer’s drug unit, which last month won the first approval of Xarelto.
This article appeared in Bio-IT World Magazine.
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