SOURCE: Active Motif, Inc.

June 23, 2005 09:00 ET

Active Motif Announces CodeQuest Workstation With Bioalma Text Mining Module

CARLSBAD, CA and MADRID, SPAIN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 23, 2005 -- Active Motif, Inc. is pleased to announce that its CodeQuest™ discovery workstation will offer the bioalma™ text mining system, almaKnowledegeServer™ (AKS), as an add-on module. This integration combines visual bioinformatics pipeline development, computational processing, and intuitive scientific literature mining. CodeQuest with AKS enables rapid exploration of the relationships between gene and protein sequences, published literature, diseases pathways and target compounds.

CodeQuest includes the DeCypher Engine™ to accelerate BLAST, Hidden Markov Models (HMMs) and other informatics applications. "We've developed a pipeline building system with drag-and-drop simplicity to bring these powerful techniques to a wide range of biologists," commented Michael Sievers, Ph.D., Director of Biocomputing Research at Active Motif. "Using a single CodeQuest workstation, users can build and execute sophisticated informatics pipelines without time-consuming Perl scripting or a computer cluster of 100s of CPUs. This can greatly improve a lab's research throughput while reducing costs," Sievers continued.

The almaKnowledegeServer (http://aks.bioalma.com) employs cutting-edge text mining technologies and visual navigation to enable users to target information relevant to their research. Juan Carlos del Castillo, CEO for bioalma, explained, "By joining forces with Active Motif, we can deliver a complete bioinformatics discovery system. Researchers can perform many types of high-quality sequence analysis using the CodeQuest accelerator, and then validate the results directly with knowledge extracted from bioalma's scientific literature mining system. This synergy makes CodeQuest with AKS a high-value platform for discovery."

Joseph Fernandez, CEO of Active Motif, remarked, "By combining AKS with CodeQuest, scientists can explore the path from sequence to disease mechanism more rapidly than ever before, using a single computer. We are very pleased to be cooperating with bioalma on this project."

About Active Motif, Inc.

Active Motif, founded in 1998, offers research kits, assays and the TimeLogic® biocomputing systems to enable scientists to explore the relationships between genes, proteins and metabolic pathways. In addition to CodeQuest, which will be available in September 2005, Active Motif offers the DeCypher® solutions for scalable, enterprise-level bioinformatics. Active Motif is located in Carlsbad, California, and has international offices in Tokyo, Japan and Brussels, Belgium. Press contact: Christopher Hoover, TimeLogic Marketing Manager, Active Motif, Inc. tel. 760-431-1263 ext. 350, email: hoover@activemotif.com, web site: http://www.activemotif.com.

About bioalma

Founded in 2000 in Madrid, Spain, bioalma's founders include leading scientists from the Spanish Research Council (CSIC). Bioalma facilitates scientific discovery by making vast amounts of data manageable, meaningful and accessible. The company specializes in developing systems for knowledge management (automated information extraction), plus the manipulation and analysis of biological information (including microarray data). Bioalma's products are designed to offer a competitive edge to drug discovery research by reducing costs and saving researchers time. Press contact: Saturnino Pérez, Head of Business Development, bioalma, tel: +34 605270367, email: perez@bioalma.com, web site: http://www.bioalma.com

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