March 7, 2002
Shi-Ping Hsu, Ph.D.
Chasing Cost-Performance Goals
What is the history of your organization’s involvement in life sciences?
Hsu: Paracel has been in the life sciences business since 1998, with the introduction of our GeneMatcher™ system, a supercomputer for genomic sequence analysis. With the explosion of genomic data, we saw the need for an unprecedented level of hardware and software. We have a unique technology that can significantly improve both savings and performance.
What is your vision for the development of the life sciences market?
Hsu: The life sciences market will continue to need computer solutions that are cost-effective, easy to use, robust, and well supported. Paracel’s computer scientists and biologists are committed to serving that market with quality products and services.
What products and services does your company provide to the life sciences market?
Hsu: Paracel offers a growing suite of computational tools for biologists, including hardware and software solutions. The GeneMatcher sequence similarity analysis supercomputer has been our flagship product since 1998. Since then we have expanded our product line to include a Linux cluster and application software. These products include: The BlastMachine™ system, a Linux cluster integrated with Paracel Blast software; Paracel GenomeAssembler™, a complete package for constrained genome shotgun assembly; Paracel TranscriptAssembler™, a software package for assembling ESTs into accurate transcripts; and TraceTuner™, a high-powered software package for accurate base calling and quality value assignment. We are a software and hardware solutions company for the life sciences community.
What new products and services do you have in development?
Hsu: We will roll out more Linux products and software products responding to the needs of our customers. Our goal in developing new products and capabilities is to enable scientists to spend more time on sciences, not on managing computers.
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