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Tuesday, November 27, 2001

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find related articles. powered by google. Business Today `Bioinformatics' grows: Biotech computing is boon to investors

The bioinformatics industry - broadly defined as using computers in drug discovery - generated revenue of $1.38 billion in 2000, analysts at Frost & Sullivan figure. That number will reach at least $6.9 billion by 2007, analysts predict.

Although computers have been used by biotechnology and drug companies for at least a decade, the bioinformatics segment has taken off only in the last three years. And most believe it isn't anywhere near its potential.

``It's an exciting area, but it's an area that will come into its own in the next three to five years,'' said Brad Peters, Frost & Sullivan senior industry analyst.

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find related articles. powered by google. Fool.Com Bioinformatics Takeover Candidates

"A new Frost & Sullivan report augurs an explosion in the U.S. bioinformatics market from $1.38 billion in 2000 to $6.9 billion in 2007. The industry is full of players, and there's almost certain to be consolidation. The friendly capital markets of 1999 and 2000 allowed many to raise enough cash to hold out for the best bid."

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find related articles. powered by google. New Jersey Online Despite hoopla, genetic information firms far from profitability

"A year after the deciphering of the human genome boggled the world, investors are realizing that manipulating genes to fight disease is still in its infancy -- and far from profitable."

Nowhere is that more clear than in the industry for genetic information, or bioinformatics."

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find related articles. powered by google. ABCNews.Com The Next Bubble: Is Bioinformatics the Next Big Boom...and Bust?

"The story proclaimed in its lead, "Move over Information Age. Make room for the age of bioinformation." You could picture bleary eyes opening all over the Bay Area. The story went on to note that a San Jose consulting firm was predicting a 10 percent annual growth in the bioinformatics market for years to come; and that the National Science Foundation estimated that 20,000 new jobs in the field would be created in the field in just the next four years.

If that wasn't enough, the rest of the section was filled with page after page of biotech firms listing job openings - in powerful juxtaposition to the endless lists of dot-com layoffs just a few pages earlier. Picture Starbucks spit-takes from Marin to Santa Cruz.

Wow! Rewrite that resumé to emphasize that biology course you took in college. Roll your Aeron chair down to the nearest lab. Trade that black turtleneck for a white lab coat..."

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Bioinformatics will be at the core of biology in the 21st century. In fields ranging from structural biology to genomics to biomedical imaging, ready access to data and analytical tools are fundamentally changing the way investigators in the life sciences conduct research and approach problems. Complex, computationally intensive biological problems are now being addressed and promise to significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. No biological discipline will be unaffected by these technological breakthroughs.


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