Teranode Launches Industry's First Model-driven LIMS for the Life Sciences

June 13, 2005

Applied Clinical Trials

TERANODE XDA Extended with LIMS Functionality that Transforms Experiment Designs into Automation without Programming, Improves Lab Flexibility and Efficiency

SEATTLE, Wash. -- June 13, 2005 -- Teranode Corporation, the leading innovator of experiment design automation (XDA) software for the Life Sciences industry, today announced the release of TERANODE XDA 2.7, its next-generation model-driven informatics platform and the industry's first model-driven LIMS to transform experiment designs into automation without programming. The new LIMS extensions provide a more cost-effective solution for lab automation compared to traditional methodologies, such as standard databases or spreadsheets. (See also today's press release entitled, "Teranode Improves Lab Flexibility and Efficiency with Launch of New Screening Automation Solution.")

"Model-driven informatics is a significant leap forward, technologically speaking, in the way life science R&D professionals handle data and experiments," said Michael Elliot, principal analyst for Atrium Research. "With model-driven informatics, the effort and time to automate lab procedures can be significantly reduced with the added advantage of streamlining collaboration and enabling a semantically rich web of data."

TERANODE XDA automates data management, flow, and analytics in the lab. The TERANODE XDA platform is comprised of:

  • TERANODE Design Suite, a graphical design and automation tool,
  • TERANODE Model Server, a common repository for labs, and
  • TERANODE Integration, off-the-shelf integration to 3rd party products.

TERANODE XDA 2.7: Model-driven LIMS Extensions
TERANODE XDA 2.7 provides a new LIMS application that automates lab protocols without programming, providing the most flexible and cost-effective LIMS solution for life science labs. TERANODE XDA 2.7 includes:

  • Enhanced TERANODE Design Suite (TDS) Protocol Modeler
    TDS Protocol Modeler is a visual designer and data manager for lab protocols, allowing scientists to schematically design protocols parameters, measurements, computations, and analytics. TDS Protocol Modeler has been enhanced to capture automation designs, design broader types of reports, and specify dynamic plate reformatting. All designs created in TDS Protocol Modeler are stored as protocol models.
  • New TDS Protocol Player
    TDS Protocol Player is a new application that transforms protocol designs created in TDS Protocol Modeler into an automated LIMS application without programming. TDS Protocol Player reads the protocol models and dynamically constructs wizards that guide lab personnel through the execution of a protocol. TDS Protocol Player automates all the data management, flow, and analytic functions defined in the design.
  • Enhanced Collaboration
    TDS Protocol Player and TDS Protocol Modeler leverage VLX, an XML format, allowing automation with or without a database. Now collaborators can remotely execute experiments and share data without having to rely on a central database or error-prone spreadsheets.
  • Platform Improvements
    TERANODE XDA 2.7 also includes a broad range of improvements to existing features including an improved property panel, layout improvements, new printing features, simplified import/export, and new dynamic data set creation.

"By incorporating LIMS into our award-winning technology, we've created the only informatics software the supports the entire lifecycle of experimentation," said Joseph Duncan, CEO of Teranode. "TERANODE XDA's model-driven platform eliminates programming costs associated with lab automation allowing labs to put their investment in science rather than database development."

Pricing and Availability
Available immediately, pricing for TERANODE XDA begins at $1,000 per user and $25,000 per server. For additional pricing information, please email sales@teranode.com.

About Teranode Corporation
Teranode Corporation, headquartered in Seattle, WA, is the leading innovator of experiment design automation (XDA) software to improve speed and quality of experimentation for the benefit of accelerated R&D. The company, founded in 2002 to revolutionize the role that computing plays in Life Sciences, began with technologies invented by the founders at the University of Washington. TERANODE XDA is being used by leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology, research, and academic organizations including Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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