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May 19, 2009

Illumina on a roll
Illumina Genome Analyzers have been widely distributed recently. In the past few months, the Beijing Genome Institute added 12 GAs to its fleet; the Broad Institute bought 20 additional instruments; and the Genome Center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis acquired 21 genome analyzers.

HPC Partnership
Panasas and Dell have announced a partnership to deliver an integrated, high-performance, clustered computing solution for life sciences. The solution is an optimized combination of Dell PowerEdge M610 blade servers based on the latest Intel Xeon processor 5500 series architecture, and high-performance Panasas ActiveStor storage. 

Cloud Analysis
Applied Biosystems and Geospiza announced the launch of a next-generation genetic analysis solution on the Amazon cloud. The solution is the life-science industry’s first jointly offered genomic analysis cloud-computing solution, which is an approach to computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtual resources are provided as a service over the Internet. This offering leverages the web-scale infrastructure from Amazon Web Services. 

Navigating Changes
Navigenics’ management has been busy lately. Jonathan Lord has replaced Mari Baker as CEO; co-founder David Agus now heads University of Southern California’s new Center for Applied Molecular Medicine; and fellow co-founder Dietrich Stephan hopes to build a $245-million, 300,000-square-foot research institute, the Ignite Institute for Individualized Health, in Northern Virginia.

This article also appeared in the May-June 2009 issue of Bio-IT World Magazine.
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