IBM Rolls Out Alpha-Code Life Sciences Tools
Six new life sciences software packages are made publicly available by the tech giant to aid in biological research.The life sciences are one of the fastest growing industry segments for IBM. In an effort to further explore the software needs of biological researchers, the company is releasing Thursday several publicly available life sciences software tools. All of this software is available for preview and free download at AlphaWorks, a division of IBM that rolls out code for developers that is still in the earliest stages of development. IBM then commercializes some of these nascent efforts originally made available through AlphaWorks. About 40 percent of technologies posted to the AlphaWorks site are eventually incorporated into IBM products or licensed to third-party developers.
The life sciences software offerings released Thursday are intended to help medical centers, pharmaceutical companies and research institutions more easily manage and mine different types of data, capture and share information from disparate sources, as well as streamline and automate internal workflow analysis.