Applied Biosystems and Integromics to Offer Integrated Real-Time PCR and Data Analysis Platform
Product News Dec 14, 2007
Applied Biosystems and Integromics SL announced the availability of an integrated solution for analyzing real-time PCR data. The companies have created a first-of-its-kind solution that integrates advanced bioinformatics software with high throughput real-time PCR instrument systems. The resulting platform is expected to aid life scientists in performing data analysis in a variety of research projects.
This solution integrates Integromics’ Real-Time StatMiner™ software with any combination of Applied Biosystems’ line of real-time PCR systems. The joint solution will be co-marketed exclusively by the two companies.
As real-time PCR expands in its applications, researchers are looking for integrated, high throughput data analysis tools that work seamlessly with their instrument systems. Oftentimes, they develop their own software programs that are only loosely integrated with their systems, requiring bioinformatics expertise to manage them.
The Applied Biosystems-Integromics solution is said to be the first commercially available offering that integrates the system that generates the data with the software that is used to analyze it.
The solution works by capturing raw data from an Applied Biosystems real-time PCR system. The StatMiner software then enables visualization and analysis of the data generated during the real-time PCR process through a combination of interactive data visualization tools, advanced statistical analysis and data mining. Users of the software are guided through the analysis process, enabling the use of the software by non-experts in bioinformatics.
“Advanced bioinformatics tools that help researchers in the analysis and interpretation of raw gene expression data are becoming a key complement to the advances in instrumentation and reagents,” said Vicente R Carro, chief executive officer of Integromics SL. “By combining Applied Biosystems’ leadership in real-time PCR with Integromics’ expertise in bioinformatics, we have created a solution that provides our mutual customers a better way to manage their high throughput projects and analyse their real-time PCR data.”