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Syngene acquires Strand’s systems biology and pharma services practice

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Deal boosts Syngene’s Bioinformatics and Data Analytics capabilities

Syngene International and Strand Life Sciences recently announced about the deal through which Syngene has purchased assets of Strand Life Sciences related to systems biology, Heptox and pharma bioinformatics services. This includes target dossier business and rights to NGS data analytics and Sarchitect platforms, supported by a strong scientific team. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Jonathan Hunt, Chief Executive Officer, Syngene International said, “Given the vast volumes of genetic material sequence data that is being generated globally, there is an increasing focus on biological information management and data analytics in drug discovery and development.

Bioinformatics is a rapidly emerging area that promises tremendous growth potential. Companies involved in pharmaceutical, cosmetics, FMCG and agro-biotech R&D have strong focus on genomics, and need sound bioinformatics applications and platforms for developing better therapeutics and products.

According to Transparency Market Research, the global bioinformatics market was estimated at $2.3 billion in 2012 and is forecasted to reach a market size of $9.1 billion in 2018, at a CAGR of 25.4 per cent.

This deal gives Syngene access to Strand’s patented Virtual Liver model and the NGS analytics platform. The Virtual Liver model is able to predict the toxic effect of different drugs or chemicals on the liver (both rat and human) using information from laboratory-based experiments prior to actual testing on live animals or humans.

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