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Bio Saga

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

CambridgeSoft's Business Partner in Kochi, India is hiring for multiple positions

Monday, June 22, 2009

Collective Intelligence in Action - XTractor Premium

There's a great deal of wisdom in a crowd, but how do you listen to a thousand people talking at once? Identifying the wants, needs, and knowledge of internet users can be like listening to a mob. In the Web 2.0 era, leveraging the collective power of user contributions, interactions, and feedback is the key to market dominance. A new category of powerful programs and web based technology lets you discover the patterns, inter-relationships, and individual profiles-the collective intelligence, locked in the data people leave behind as they surf websites, post blogs, and interact with other users.

XTractor Premium is one such initiative, epitome of Collective Intelligence in Action for bio medical data. Implemens collective intelligence concepts of vital data gathering and mining techniques like analyzing trends, discovering relationships, and making predictions. It provides a pragmatic approach to personalization by combining content-based analysis with collaborative approaches for effective literature mining in todays eonomy...



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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cell culture H1N1 vacc could be ready in 3 months

Industry response to the H1N1 pandemic suggests that cell culture vaccine production is about to come of age with two firms that use the technique, Novartis and Baxter, claiming it will cut development and manufacturing timelines by months.

Margaret Chan officially declared the pandemic explaining that H1N1 infections worldwide can no longer be traced and that “further spread is considered inevitable.” She asked drugmakers to begin preparing for large-scale H1N1 vaccine production when manufacture of seasonal stocks is completed, prompting a flurry of industry updates from vaccine producers.

Baxter and Novartis aim for early availability

The most eye-catching of these responses came from US drugmaker Baxter which announced it has completed testing of its Celvapan H1N1 vaccine and is “now in full-scale production,” and is working to deliver it as early as next month. Traditionally, seasonal influenza vaccines are mass produced using the albumin found in fertilised hens eggs as a growth media.

Swiss drug major Novartis made similar claims for its cell culture developed vaccine, although it was more measured about its timelines.

Novartis said it completed making the first batch of a H1N1 vaccine weeks ahead of expectations, explaining that its culture system allows production to begin “without the need to adapt the virus strain to grow in eggs, as with traditional…technologies.”

The firm, which claims to have been asked to supply vaccine ingredients by more than 30 countries, said it will begin trials of its product next month and expects to obtain regulatory approval for the vaccine in the autumn.

In a follow up statement reported by London’s Financial Times yesterday, Novartis said that it “will not give free vaccines against H1N1 flu to poor countries, though it will consider discounts.”

GSK, Sanofi and CSL

The response of companies that use egg-based production methods was more uniform, with almost all saying that large-scale manufacture will begin by September at the earliest.

Initial media reports suggested that Australia’s CSL will finish making the first batch of its vaccine ahead of producers like GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Sanofi Aventis, although this was later denied by company spokesperson Rachel Davis.


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Friday, June 12, 2009

Search Wars

A not very long time ago, in a galaxy near,
very near by....
SEARCH
WARS
Search, Search engines, While the Search engine big wigs fight for a niche in the search engines landscape .... The Google, Yahoo & now Micorsoft too (with their Bing)

There are the Wolfram|Alpha likes that are forming a separatist and slowly gaining power over the Google order. In fact google has managed to bring balance to both with its Google Squared.

While platforms like XTractor, NextBio, Novoseek, GoPubMed, BioMedSearch have specialized in searching biomedical and biological knowledge are even more strengthening the separatists.

Now to see and know who is more powerful, the galactic empire or the separatist? I leave it to the 'Republic' i.e. You users! to judge, in the form of your comments and experiences with such tools and searches! you could even voice your opinions here









Monday, June 8, 2009

Social Networks That Boost Your Business

Here is a wonderful article i came across recently: How to Use These Applications to Make Your Company Recession-Resistant, By Daniel Burrus.

Most people are familiar with the term "Web 2.0," which refers to a second generation of web development and design that focuses on fostering social networking via the web. Innovative companies are beginning to embrace Web 2.0 as a way to enhance communication, information sharing, and collaboration, thereby allowing them to work smarter rather than harder. The business use of Web 2.0 represents a new trend called "Business 2.0." Aside from being the name of a defunct magazine, Business 2.0 is about using the new web-based social networking applications (many of which were originally created for personal use) in a way that fosters teamwork, customer touches, and internal and external collaboration in a low-cost seamless way.

Unfortunately, many businesses feel that Web 2.0 and social networking are for the younger generation and a waste of time when used by employees. However, once you understand the power of these applications and how to use them in your company, you'll quickly find that they can be invaluable tools to boost your bottom line.

Following is an overview of the best Business 2.0 tools.

Personal Tools with Business Applicability

· Facebook

Personal use: Facebook enables you to connect and share with the people in your life. Users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with others. People can add friends, send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves.

Business 2.0 use: Large organizations can connect all of their employees, or members, with Facebook. Some are finding an added advantage of using an internal, secure version of Facebook. This has helped organizations to dramatically increase their internal networking and collaboration. Ask yourself: Could we use Facebook, or our own internal version, to get people to collaborate at a higher level?

· Twitter

Personal use: Twitter is a micro-blogging service that allows friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of short, quick answers using no more than 140 characters per message. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or co-workers. Users can receive updates via the Twitter website or other social networking sights such as Facebook. Young people use Twitter for answering the question: What are you doing?

Business 2.0 use: Business users could change that question to: What problem are you trying to solve? Several companies have used this as a fast way to solve problems. Hotels, airlines, and airports are using Twitter to pitch services, travel updates, and respond to travelers needs. Ask yourself: Could we use Twitter to solve problems faster with our organization or our customers?

· Wikipedia

Personal use: Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia that anyone can use to find information on virtually any topic. Anyone can edit the content as well.

Business 2.0 use: A large manufacturing company with engineers in locations around the world increased problem solving and collaboration by creating an internal, secure version of Wikipedia for sharing information on parts and service offerings as well as repair and maintenance instructions. Retailers and suppliers could create a version of Wikipedia to foster education and training as well as enhanced information sharing.

Ask yourself: Could we create an internal version of Wikipedia to foster better information and knowledge sharing?

· YouTube

Personal use: YouTube is a video sharing website where users can upload, view, and share video clips. YouTube displays a wide variety of user-generated video content as well as movie clips, product demonstrations, and commercials. Unregistered users can watch the videos, while registered users can upload an unlimited number of videos.

Business 2.0 use: Businesses are posting humorous commercial videos to generate interest in their products with great success. The more entertaining it is, the more people watch it. Business partners could create a YouTube like channel for the purpose of educating and training. Ask Yourself: Could we enhance our marketing efforts as well as general communication by using YouTube?

· Digg

Personal use: Digg is a social news web site made for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the Internet, by submitting and accessing links and stories. Voting stories thumbs up or a thumb down is the site's cornerstone function, respectively called digging and burying.

Business 2.0 use: Many organizations have found this to be a good way to track the most interesting advances in technology or the most useful business news. Large organizations can create their own internal version for sharing what employees consider to be the most useful information. Ask yourself: Could we use Digg, or our own internal version, to get people to share their most interesting and valuable web-based information with each other?

· Delicious

Personal use: Delicious is a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks. It uses a non-hierarchical classification system in which users can tag each of their bookmarks with freely chosen index terms.

Business 2.0 use: Business users can share their most useful websites with co-workers or business partners. If a customer purchases a product, sellers could share relevant bookmarks that keep the customer coming back for more information and hopefully more products. Ask yourself: Could we use Delicious to share important new web sites faster within our organization or with our customers?

· Visual Communications

Personal use: Visual Communications, unlike traditional video conferencing, uses your desktop, laptop, and soon your smart phone to hold a quick, anytime, anywhere videoconference with one or more other people. Travelers who must be away from home are using their laptops in hotel rooms with broadband access and free software such as Skype and AIM to communicate with family and friends to enhance their personal connection.

Business 2.0 use: Businesses are discovering the power of Visual Communications to enhance the connection with their sales force, business partners, and customers.

Ask yourself: Could we use Visual Communications to enhance communications internally and externally?

Purely Business 2.0 Tools

· Wiki

A Wiki is a collaborative web page or collection of web pages designed to enable anyone to create a quick web page that allows visitors to search the Wiki's content and edit the content in real time, as well as view updates since their last visit. Wikis are often used to create collaborative Web sites and to power community websites. On a moderated Wiki, Wiki owners review comments before additions to the main body of the topic. Additional features include calendar sharing, live AV conferencing, RSS feeds, and more.

Ask yourself: Could we use Wikis to enhance internal and external collaboration?

· LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a business-oriented professional networking website for exchanging information, ideas, and opportunities. There are over 35 million registered users spanning 170 industries actively networking with each other. For example, large insurance companies use LinkedIn to foster networking with their independent sales representatives. HR professionals from all over the world could use LinkedIn to share best practices.

Ask Yourself: Could we use LinkedIn to expand our organizational network for enhanced knowledge sharing?

· Cloud Computing & Software As A Service

In Cloud Computing, some or all of the storage, software, IT processes, and data center facilities you use can exist on your provider's server, which is maintained and cared for by your provider, giving you 24/7 access from any device anywhere. The cost of upgrading hardware and software, maintenance, and associated IT labor costs can be dramatically reduced or eliminated. Currently, the ideal organization would be any size company that's facing big investments in computing and communications infrastructure. For example, Amazon.com can give you an entire e-commerce back end. Software as a Service (SaaS) such as SalesForce.com has a CRM package, SciQuest has a spend management package, and Google, Microsoft and others have a suite of offerings.

Ask yourself: Could we use Cloud Computing & Software as a service to streamline our IT needs?

Gain a New Competitive Advantage

By reframing the use of social networking technology, companies can increase communication, collaboration, problem solving, and competitive advantage with little cost. Remember, many of these tools are free or nearly free, making them accessible to even the smallest of businesses. Therefore, the sooner you embrace Business 2.0 and put it to work for you, the faster you can penetrate new markets and win the lion's share of business.


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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Grants galore, US is recession profing by encoraging companies in biotechnology industry

Integrated Genomics gets $250K from Wisconsin State

Wisconsin will provide $250,000 to Integrated Genomics through a combination of a loan and a grant, and the company plans to relocate its laboratory and commercial operations from Chicago to Madison, the state's governor's office said Tuesday. The state will give the microbial genomics and gene expression services and technologies company a loan of $200,000 and a grant of $50,000 from the Technology Venture Fund. It said that Integrated Genomics' move could create up to 18 new jobs.

Compugen Gets $500K in Grants from Israel

The company plans to use the funding to pay for relocating the laboratory to Madison and to buy equipment. Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle said in a statement that Integrated Genomics "is exactly the type of company our state should be investing in – companies that are developing innovative solutions in the biotechnology industry."

Compugen said today that it will receive grants totaling around $500,000 from the Office of the Chief Scientist of Israel to fund the firm's drug and diagnostic product candidate discovery activities. Tel Aviv, Israel-based Compugen said that it would use the grant money to discover additional drug targets for antibody therapeutics and preclinical nucleic acid biomarkers for drug-induced toxicity. The firm said these activities would be based on "modifying and enhancing" its 10 existing discovery platforms.

Compugen also said that it would use a portion of the funds to develop additional computational methods predicting genes, mRNA transcripts, proteins, and peptides that appear most suitable for development as therapeutic and diagnostic products.



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Microsoft to Acquire Rosetta Biosoftware from Merck

Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Rosetta Biosoftware, a unit of Rosetta Inpharmatics, from parent company Merck for undisclosed consideration.

Microsoft said that the deal will enable it to add genetic, genomic, metabolomic, and proteomic data management software into its own Amalga Life Sciences platform for "enhanced translational research capabilities."

Merck will become a customer of the Amalga Life Sciences 2009 platform and provide "strategic input" to Microsoft on the evolution of new solutions that incorporate Rosetta Biosoftware technologies, Microsoft said. The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant launched the Amalga Life Sciences 2009 platform in April.

"The newly combined offering will enable customers to improve the management and analysis of genomic, biological and research data, helping to bring lifesaving drugs and therapies to market faster and accelerate the realization of personalized medicine," Peter Neupert, corporate vice president of the Health Solutions Group at Microsoft, said in a statement.

The firms expect to close the deal at the end of June. Microsoft anticipates the new Amalga platform incorporating the Rosetta Biosoftware technologies to be available early next year. It also said that it is "pursuing hiring Rosetta Biosoftware employees who can fill roles that are critical to the effective incorporation of Rosetta Biosoftware technologies into the Amalga Life Sciences platform."

Until the acquisition is finalized, Rosetta Biosoftware will continue to operate as a unit of Rosetta Inpharmatics.



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Life Science and Informatics

What is this?
is this a new industry?
or a old wine in a new bottle?

Well Life Sciences and Informatics can be anything form computational biology, all omes and omics, core bioinformatics to curation and literature mining, database creation, in the area of biology, chemistry , bio-chem space.

There are number of companies in India and bangalore is the forefront as a major bio-cluster with 20 to 30 companies in this sphere.

now how good are these companies doing?
how good are they in terms of the international markets and how profitable is their business?
what do they do?
their clients?

These are some interesting things that could be discussed in this blog page...

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