IBM and NetGenics Expand Partnership To Help Life Sciences Companies Handle Massive Data Requirements

NetGenics to resell IBM DiscoveryLink technology

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CLEVELAND, OH - 26 Apr 2001: IBM andlife sciences firm NetGenics, Inc., have expanded their partnership to include an agreement for NetGenics to re-sell IBM's new DiscoveryLink*data integration software.

DiscoveryLink can accelerate drug discovery by helpingresearchers mergeinformation -- from many sources, including public and private databases, and in diverse data formats and file types -- using a single query. Under the terms of the agreement, NetGenics can integrate DiscoveryLink into its NetGenics DiscoveryCenter** product, as well as re-distribute the technology on a stand-alone basis.

"DiscoveryLink breaks down a major barrier to scientific discovery -- mining huge amounts of genomic and proteomic data," said Dr. Caroline Kovac, vice president, IBM Life Sciences. "This agreement with NetGenics will expand DiscoveryLink's reach and open new doors to information that researchers need to accelerate the development cycle and get new treatments to patients faster."

NetGenics' DiscoveryCenter is a comprehensive life science informatics integration package, designed to maximize the use of internal and external information resources. This integrated approach allows for improvements in the direction, quality and efficiency of scientific decision-making in drug discovery research. DiscoveryCenter combines NetGenics' software components, public and private data sources and application software with consulting services, helping pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to tackle complex data integration and analysis problems.

"DiscoveryLink represents a keystone data access and integration technology," said Manuel Glynias, NetGenics' President and CEO. "Because of the long-standing relationship with IBM, NetGenics is already poised to deliver DiscoveryCenter solutions that take full advantage of DiscoveryLink, to the benefit of our customers."

The two companies first collaborated in 1999 during the development phase of DiscoveryLink and NetGenics has continued as the deployment partner for this technology.

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