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January 20, 2009

Enriched PCR
RainDance Technologies introduced its Sequence Enrichment Solution for targeting sequencing applications of the human genome. RainDance specializes in microdroplet-based solutions for human health and disease research. The new RDT 1000, part of the Sequence Enrichment Solution, generates picoliter volume discrete PCR reactions in droplets at the unprecedented rate of 10 million per hour. The RDT 1000 generates replicate reactions to ensure confidence in sequencing results, and the “open design” easily integrates with all next-generation sequencing platforms. RainDance is also offering customer-specific DNA primer libraries to enable the amplification of hundreds to thousands of genomic loci in a single tube. The complete solution minimizes errors and maximizes the efficiency of PCR by leveraging sensitivity and specificity, while reducing study time and cost and requiring only a few micrograms of sample DNA. The solution is currently in use at the Genome Sequencing Center at Washington University and the J. Craig Venter Institute. It will be commercially available in the first quarter of 2009.

Product: Sequence Enrichment Solution
Company: RainDance Technologies
Available: Beginning of 2009
For more information: www.raindancetech.com

Security Speed
In order to speed rollout of Lawson Security 9.0, Lawson Security FastTrack offers pre-built content to help reduce the time  needed to define, implement, and test the security solution. FastTrack includes a preconfigured and customizable set of task-based security classes, processes, templates, training modules, and tools to set up Lawson Security 9.0 in as little as six weeks. The solutions was used by Moffitt Cancer Center, and provided more than 75% of the institution’s security requirements out of the box.

Product: FastTrack
Company: Lawson Security
Available: Now
For more information: www.lawson.com

Mesoscale Simulations
Materials Studio 4.4 is the newest modeling and simulation platform from Accelrys. Studio 4.4 includes Mesocite, a new module that enables the simulation of particles incorporating ring structures, electrostatics, and allows users to incorporate more mesoscale simulations than previously available. It also allows for an intermediate-level of simulation between the fine-grained atomistic models and the more coarse-grained Mesotek models.

Product: Materials Studio 4.4
Company: Accelrys
Available: Now
For more information: http://accelrys.com

Compound Registry
Symyx has released Registration 1.5, replacing ISIS-based Symyx ChemBio AE software. Registration 1.5 offers R&D organizations of all sizes a flexible, fully-featured, Isentris-based approach to building and managing consistent, searchable, and sharable corporate compound registries based on Symyx’s chemical representation technology. Registration 1.5 automatically verifies drawing conventions, normalizes structure data, and checks for uniqueness before assigning corporate identification numbers and storing substances in the compound registry.

Product: Registration 1.5
Company: Symyx
Available: Now
For more information: www.symyx.com/isistransition 


This article also appeared in the Jan-Feb 2009 issue of Bio-IT World Magazine.
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