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Thomson Scientific Acquires Unleashed Informatics

The Thomson Corp. (www.thomson.com) announced that its scientific business unit has acquired privately held Unleashed Informatics, Ltd. (www.unleashedinformatics.com), a life sciences data-management company that owns what it claims is the largest repository of value-added bioinformatics records—a significant area for target-based drug discovery. The management team and employees of Unleashed Informatics will become part of Thomson Scientific (www.scientific.thomson.com). Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Unleashed Informatics offers a stable of subscription-based public and proprietary biological databases, including the following:

  • BIND (Biomolecular Interaction Network Database), which contains 200,000 biomolecular interactions
  • SMID (Small Molecule Interaction Database), which contains more than 23 million experimentally observed small molecule interactions
  • BOND (Biomolecular Object Network Database), which is a data warehouse that combines access to BIND and SMID data with publicly accessible databases plus similarity search algorithms

Thomson will continue to make complimentary versions of the BOND and BIND databases available to Unleashed Open Access registrants—in addition to the subscription versions.

Source: The Thomson Corp.



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