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Tuesday, January 13, 2004

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find related articles. powered by google. News.Com IBM expands life sciences efforts

"Want to answer the question, "How fast does this machine execute my data analysis algorithms the way I use them?"

"Big Blue said on Monday that it has formed a business unit focused on so-called information-based medicine, which uses information technology to help doctors provide more personalized healthcare. IBM also said it has merged its efforts in the fields of life sciences and health care into a single division."

"Big Blue's new information-based medicine unit will target potential customers such as academic medical research centers, said Mike Svinte, IBM's vice president of information-based medicine. He estimated that the overall market for IT spending in the sector will jump from slightly more than $4.5 billion in 2003 to about $8 billion by 2006."

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"The unit will work with IBM partners that, for instance, offer life science applications for use with IBM software, including its middleware. Svinte offered as a partnership example IBM's work with deCODE Genetics, which has amassed enormous amounts of genetic, genealogical, and medical information on people in Iceland, where it is located. The two have paired to offer tools for analysis and data mining.

"What we see happening is the convergence between life sciences, healthcare, and IT," Svinte said. "The thought is that convergence really has the ability to change the way healthcare is delivered, to change the diagnosis and treatment.""

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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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