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Posted: Feb 21, 2012
Kitware Launches Visomics, an Open-Source Bioinformatics Application
(Nanowerk News) Kitware, one of the nation's fastest-growing technology companies, today introduces "Visomics," an all-encompassing open-source application for performing biological research pertaining to genomics, protemomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics.
The application is built on top of Kitware's powerful open-source toolkits and is easily configured to support underlying 'omics applications, which can be customized to meet the particular needs of researchers. Currently in alpha/beta mode, Visomics provides the statistical methods, intuitive visualizations, and pre-existing chemical pathway diagrams that biologists need for the tracking, storage, analysis and evaluation of relationships and behaviors of large numbers of analytes and biomarkers.
Clinical researchers are using Visomics to delve deep into the areas of reproductive and perinatal health, cardiovascular disorders and breast cancer. By leveraging Visomics, researchers are seeking out new insight into disease pathogenesis and developing preventative, diagnostic and therapeutic treatment strategies.
"We are excited to see how Visomics impacts the field of biological research," said Wesley Turner, Ph.D and Principal Investigator. "With Visomics, workflows can be streamlined allowing researchers to focus on the data and make new discoveries."
Visomics is designed to be user-friendly for use by bioinformatics experts and non-experts alike. By facilitating data analysis and mining activities for a wide range of users, Visomics will enable more widespread use of 'omics data and ultimately lead to quality personalized medicine.
Supported by SBIR Phase I funding from the National Institute of Health, Visomics is developed and maintained by Kitware Inc., the Hamner Institute for Health Sciences, the University of Washington, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
For more information regarding Visomics and how you can incorporate it into your bioinformatics workflow, please visit http://www.visomics.org.
Kitware, Inc. is a leader in the creation and support of open-source software and state-of-the-art technology, and is one of the fastest growing software companies in the country. Kitware leverages its open-source communities and diverse technical expertise to provide advanced custom solutions for a host of complex technical problems.
Founded in 1998, Kitware's team is widely recognized for their major contributions to a variety of open-source software systems including the Visualization Toolkit (VTK), the Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK), CMake and ParaView. Kitware has made an impact in the areas of visualization, data management, medical imaging, quality software process, computer vision, and informatics. Among Kitware's global customers and collaborators are top academic research facilities, government institutions and private corporations worldwide. Kitware's products and services include technology integration, software support, consulting, custom application development, and training and productivity tools that leverage open source systems. For more information, please visit http://www.kitware.com.