The Exobiology* Branch of the Nasa Ames Research Center in California, has entered an agreement with Aarhus based CLC bio to buy its bioinformatics software. CLC bio which was founded in 2005, focuses on development of bioinformatics software and hardware, data analysis and customised bioinformatics algorithms.
Thomas Knudsen, managing director of CLC bio, says it means a lot to the company that Nasa has chosen to buy its software. "It is a good mark of quality, which we can use in our marketing," Mr Knudsen comments.
The software Nasa buys is for analyzing sequencing data which revolves around hypersaline microbial mat systems found in exotic locations such as Baja, Mexico and Solar Lake in Egypt. Microbial mats represent some of the earliest known life-form communities on Earth.
CLC bio has developed three additional programmes. The company has just employed sales staff in the US and India, and has agreements with dealers in most of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan. It is currently negotiating with potential dealers in Japan, South Korea and South Africa. Customers include Novo Nordisk, Arla Foods, the University of Aarhus and several Danish hospitals. The news was reported by financial daily newspaper Børsen.
* Exobiology, also know as astrobiology, is the study of life in the universe –Ed.
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