Genedata Expressionist® is a modular enterprise system for biomarker discovery. It represents a single-point-of-access for experimental, proprietary and public data, including sample information, raw and pre-processed transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and lab chemistry data, analysis results, reports and documentation.
Expressionist`s Refiner Array module performs high-throughput automated quality assessment and processing of Affymetrix GeneChip® Exon data. Workflow-based processing supports validated working environments, while comprehensive reporting and documentation features ensure effective project management and communication. The high level of automation increases reproducibility and supports efficient handling of large experimental datasets, taking only a few seconds per array while scalability benchmarks demonstrate nearly linear scalability of processing 50, 100, 500 or 1,000 Exon chips at a time.
Dr. Othmar Pfannes, CEO of Genedata, said, “As a longtime Affymetrix partner, we are delighted to expand our collaboration, covering Affymetrix Exon chips. Refiner Array is an amazingly scalable solution that saves time, resources and cost in microarray analysis. The accurate processing and analysis of large datasets with high performance systems will pave the way to personalized medicine.”
“To truly understand biological systems, life scientists need to look beyond the 3’ end of a gene,” said Greg Fisher, Associate Director of Product Marketing, Systems and Software at Affymetrix. “The Affymetrix exon arrays provide a more complete and accurate view of a gene's total transcription activity compared to traditional expression array designs. The data management and analysis capabilities of Genedata’s Expressionist allow researches to make more informed decisions based on the roles alternative splicing and gene expression play in biology.”
Genedata specializes in software and professional services for pharmaceuticals, biotech and related life sciences. The Company offers expertise in research informatics combined with open and scalable computational solutions. Our solutions include Genedata Phylosopher® for integrating, structuring, and analyzing research data; Genedata Screener® for high throughput screening analysis; and Genedata Expressionist® for omics data integration, processing and analysis. Founded in 1997, Genedata is privately held, with headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, and subsidiaries in Tokyo (Japan), Munich (Germany), Konstanz (Germany), Boston (USA) and San Francisco (USA).
Affymetrix GeneChip® microarray technology is the industry-standard tool for analyzing complex genetic information. After inventing microarray technology in the late 1980s, Affymetrix scientists have been dedicated to developing innovative products that provide researchers with a more complete view of the genome. These products continue to accelerate genetic research and enable scientists to develop diagnostics and tailor treatments for individual patients by identifying and measuring the genetic information associated with complex diseases. Today, Affymetrix technology is used by the world’s top pharmaceutical, diagnostic and biotechnology companies, as well as leading academic, government and not-for-profit research institutes. More than 1,700 systems have been shipped around the world and more than 11,000 peer-reviewed papers have been published using the technology.
Affymetrix is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., and has manufacturing facilities in Sacramento, Calif., Cleveland, Ohio and Singapore. The company has about 1,100 employees worldwide and maintains sales and distribution operations across Europe and Asia.
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