Teranode Corporation Launches First Industrial-Strength Research Design Tools For The Life Sciences at DEMO 2004
VLX™ Design Suite Applies the Principles of Design to the Process of Experimentation
SCOTTSDALE, AZ February 16, 2004 Teranode Corporation today unveiled VLX Design Suite, its revolutionary design tools for laboratory and in-silico research that helps scientists better manage the complexity found in today's scientific environment. The product suite includes three products: VLX Research Designer for designing laboratory processes, VLX Biological Modeler for modeling and simulating biological systems and the VLX Workgroup Server which provides secure, multi-user server functionality. The products are being piloted in major pharmaceuticals such as Pfizer, and in research and academic organizations including the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington.
"Teranode's VLX Design Suite provides a consistent yet flexible method for design that continually optimizes research and communicates results upon which the discovery process depends," said Derek Walker, Information Technology Project Manager, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
The product suite was chosen from hundreds of start-ups and established companies to debut at DEMO 2004, the industry's premier launch-pad for the world's emerging companies and technologies. VLX Design Suite, the first Bio-IT product ever selected to launch at Demo, will be showcased during the general session on Tuesday, February 17.
"In many ways, the state of life science research parallels the past 25 years of evolution in microprocessor, automotive and airplane design where performance gains were incremental until the advent of robust design methodologies, simulation and modeling techniques," said Chris Shipley, executive producer, DEMO Conferences. "With its VLX Design Suite, Teranode Corporation is at the forefront of applying the principles of design to the process of life science experimentation, providing the first industrial-strength and scientifically-focused family of research design tools."
VLX Design Suite
Teranode's VLX Design Suite accelerates experiment design, simplifies communication and optimizes decision making in laboratory and in-silico research environments. The suite is composed of three products:
VLX Design Suite products utilize Teranode's powerful Visual Language of Experimentation (VLX) as a foundation. VLX is a precise, yet flexible and extensible graphical language. The VLX Design Suite allows biologists to represent, annotate, archive, and share information about experiment plans and outcomes as well as biological systems in a manner that is natural for both experimentalists and computational biologists.
- VLX Research Designer which allows laboratory scientists to visually design, annotate, document, and share information about laboratory process through clear, visual models.
- VLX Biological Modeler which facilitates collaboration among cross disciplinary teams for modeling biological systems, design optimal experiments, and analyze large and diverse data sets.
- VLX Workgroup Server which delivers secure, multi-user server functionality to VLX Research Designer and VLX Biological Modeler products.
VLX Design Suite products are appropriate for biotech and pharmaceutical organizations, research institutions, contract research organizations (CROs), in the academic environment and for individual scientists. The products run standalone or across groups and readily integrate with existing systems in the research environments. Working examples and modeling services are available in a broad set of application areas including: Array Experiments, High Throughput Screening, Assay Development, Chemistry, Clinical Management, Research Management, Pathway Modeling, Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics, Cellular Diffusion and Transport, Cellular Electrophysiology and Nuclear Medicine.
Pricing and Availability
VLX Research Designer and VLX Biological Modeler are available immediately on a subscription basis for $1,000 per seat/per year. VLX product subscriptions include basic service and support. VLX Workgroup Server will be available in the first half of 2004 at a price to be announced. Academic and non-profit organization pricing is available at significant discounts. Site license and volume pricing is available.
About Teranode Corporation
Teranode Corporation, headquartered in Seattle, WA, delivers design tools that unify the planning, execution and analysis of physical and in-silico processes. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize the role that computing plays in life sciences. It began with technologies invented by the founders at the University of Washington.
A strong management team leads the company with both academic and commercial success in the fields of drug discovery, software, computer science, human computer interaction, sales, operations and consulting at organizations including Oracle, Cadence Design Systems, Immunex and the University of Washington. The company has been backed by research partners including the University of Washington, Intel, the NSF and the NIH and is an IBM Business Partner in the Life Sciences sector, and an Oracle Advantage Partner. Investment partners include Ignition Partners, the Washington Research Foundation and private investors. For more information, visit the company's website at www.teranode.com.