Hawthorne, CA, AND LOS ANGELES, CA, September 17, 2012 – Download .pdf of this Press Release
BioDiscovery, Inc. a leader in integrated software solutions for genomic-based research, and the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE), a program of Autism Speaks, which collects and houses genetic and phenotypic data on over 1300 families with autism, have signed a co-promotion agreement. This agreement allows AGRE to provide copy number and allelic event data to its research users through BioDisovery’s Nexus DB platform.
“We are very excited about working with the AGRE consortium,” said Dr. Soheil Shams, President of BioDiscovery, Inc. “There has been a tremendous investment in collection and generation of genomic data to better understand Autism and our agreement with AGRE will enable researchers a new way to more easily access and rapidly analyze this data. We hope that the efficient visualization and statistical analysis methods in Nexus Copy Number™ and Nexus DB™ will help to accelerate advancement of research in this very important area.”
“BioDiscovery Nexus Copy Number will allow researchers in our network to easily and quickly navigate through the array data which we make available” said Clara Lajonchere. Ph.D., VP of Clinical Program at Autism Speaks. “While we have provided our microarray data in other formats and will continue to do so, Nexus DB offers AGRE researchers an efficient and user-friendly interface for viewing and analyzing the thousands of microarray experiments which have been done using the AGRE subjects. Our hope is that this will accelerate the discovery of genes that play a role in autism by simplifying the process of analyzing data.”
BioDiscovery’s software is platform independent and available for Mac OS X, Linux and Windows operating systems. BioDiscovery Nexus Copy Number is the leading platform independent and user friendly application for DNA copy number analysis. Nexus Copy Number can integrate and process together, in a single project, data from commercial array platforms such as Agilent, Affymetrix, Illumina, Roche NimbleGen, Next Gen read depth, as well as custom arrays. With its free access to a web-based repository for querying, and storing genomic data from any location across the globe, Nexus Copy Number is a powerful solution for large groups such as special consortia and collaborative research networks like AGRE.
AGRE is the largest private collection of genotype and phenotype information for over 2,600 individuals with ASD and their family members. Over the last 15 years, AGRE has amassed an extremely robust clinical dataset that includes detailed medical, developmental, morphological, demographic and behavioral information making it one of the most comprehensive autism family repositories. There are 350 active researchers from 21 countries that have used the AGRE resource to publish over 202 scientific papers, making it the most widely accessed resource for genetic studies of autism. Currently, AGRE stores genotyping data for over 1,000 multiplex families using two different microarray analysis platforms, Affimetrix and Illumina, and the availability of those datasets to researchers has been instrumental in moving the field forward.
About BioDiscovery, Inc.
BioDiscovery is a leader in the development of advanced microarray bioinformatics software and services that enable its customers to revolutionize drug discovery and diagnostics by efficiently managing, integrating, and analyzing data generated using high-throughput microarray and NGS technologies.
Contact BioDiscovery: 310-414-8100
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Vice Chairman, General Electric, and served as chief executive officer of NBC for more than twenty years. The Autism Genetic Resource Exchange is a program of Autism Speaks which collects biomaterials and clinical data from families and makes it widely available to approved researchers.
To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.