Genedata Releases Patent Analysis Software Jointly Developed with DSM

Genedata Phylosopher® Biological Data Management System Advances Freedom-to-Operate with Addition of New PatentExplorer Intellectual Property Assessment Module


Basel, Switzerland, July 28, 2010

Genedata, a leading provider of advanced software solutions for drug discovery and life science research, today announced the release of PatentExplorer, an interdisciplinary software tool for assessing the patent situation of novel biomolecules and targets. Part of the Genedata Phylosopher® biological data management system, PatentExplorer integrates patent information to provide a comprehensive and structured analysis of patented biomolecule sequences, related claim information, and freedom-to-operate. This facilitates intellectual property evaluation from both a business and a biological standpoint. PatentExplorer was developed in close collaboration with DSM, a leading global life science company with major research programs in enzymes, nutrition, and biotechnology, to streamline DSM’s global R&D activities.

“Today’s industrial biotechnology market is driven by innovation. Securing the intellectual property of life science research at DSM is crucial in order to retain a competitive advantage,” explained Dr. Wim de Boer, Intellectual Assets Manager at DSM. “We chose Genedata to help us develop an integrated platform to manage our project intellectual property information because Genedata has significant scientific, technical and business experience and this has been a key factor in the success of this joint development project.”

“PatentExplorer integrates directly into DSM’s global genome sequence information management system, which is based on the Genedata Phylosopher software platform,” said Dr. Hans Roubos, Senior Scientist Bioinformatics at DSM. “It provides direct access to the most recent patent information in the context of DSM’s in-house genomics research data, which gives much appreciated transparency to decision making.”

PatentExplorer’s primary applications are in the development of novel enzymes and engineered proteins, as well as freedom-to-operate assessment support. The software can handle commercial data sources as well as publicly available patent information. Genedata’s proprietary GeneIndex technology is pivotal for the automated and systematic integration of the often disparate and duplicated DNA, RNA and protein patent sequences.

“We are excited about our successful collaboration with DSM, a long-term partner of Genedata and one of the most innovative leaders in the industrial biotechnology sector,” noted Dr. Othmar Pfannes, CEO of Genedata. “With the addition of the PatentExplorer module to our well-established Genedata Phylosopher system, we have addressed a major need for biotechnology and biologics research projects. We now offer PatentExplorer to a wider market to facilitate comprehensive and timely investigation of intellectual property across complex R&D programs in the life sciences and pharmaceutical industry.”

About Genedata
Genedata transforms data into intelligence with a portfolio of advanced software solutions for drug discovery, industrial biotechnology, and life science research. Used by a majority of the world’s top 50 pharmaceutical companies and leading research organizations, Genedata solutions make research data accessible and understandable, enabling scientific discovery that fights disease and improves health and quality of life worldwide. Founded in 1997, Genedata is headquartered in Switzerland, and has offices in Japan, Germany, and the US.

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