Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Sequilab Launches Free Bioinformatics Portal to Link Sequence Analysis, Social Networking

A bioinformatics startup is giving users a free taste of its wares in hopes of eventually realizing commercial success.

The company, Sequilab, recently launched a free web portal of the same name that offers access to publicly available online bioinformatics tools for sequence analysis, as well as social-networking capabilities to improve collaborations between research groups.

Access is currently free for all users, but the Sequilab team is considering ways to "monetize" the website, including a premium version of the software that would include advanced features, as well as an ad-supported model, CEO Dan Melvin told BioInform.

"What we are trying to do is build the community now and then when it reaches a specific size of user base, that's when we would [go] commercial," Melvin said.

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