November-December News Briefs

November 15, 2011

2012 Best Practices Call for Entries Announced  

The 2012 Bio•IT World Best Practices competition has released its call for entries. Since 2003, Bio•IT World’s Best Practices competition has been recognizing outstanding examples of technology and strategic innovation initiatives across the drug discovery enterprise. The deadline for entry in the 2012 program is January 13, 2012, and the early bird deadline is December 16, 2011. Entries will be accepted in six categories: Clinical & Health-IT; IT infrastructure/HPC; Informatics; Knowledge Management; Research & Drug Discovery; and Personalized & Translational Medicine.

Illumina Invests in GenoLogics 

Illumina has led an $8 million funding round in GenoLogics, the maker of LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) software designed for next-generation genomics labs. The financing will be used to accelerate GenoLogics’ product development to support future clinical applications and new desktop sequencing systems, and to expand sales and marketing functions.

BGI and UC Davis Launch Joint Genome Center

The University of California, Davis, and BGI have signed an agreement to establish a state-of-the-art BGI sequencing facility on the UC Davis Health System campus in Sacramento, and initiate planning for a permanent BGI@UC Davis Joint Genome Center. The facility will be used to support research initiatives in human and animal health, food safety and security, biology, and the environment. When complete, the permanent center will occupy about 10,000 square feet on the health system campus in Sacramento, and will increase UC Davis’ sequencing capability approximately tenfold.

This article also appeared in the November-December 2011 issue of Bio-IT World magazine. Subscribe today!