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NZ bioinformatics company hits No1 on Apple site

NZ bioinformatics company hits No1 on Apple website

AUCKLAND, 21 April 2006: A new bioinformatics product launched by New Zealand company Biomatters has gone straight to first place as the most downloaded software on Apple’s Math and Science website in just two days.

“It’s becoming clear our development team have created something special,” said Daniel Batten, CEO of Biomatters, whose Geneious 1.0 software was launched on Wednesday.

“The high download rate matches the already positive endorsement we have had on the beta version of Geneious from scientists all over the world.”

Geneious 1.0 greatly simplifies and speeds up bioinformatics tasks including sequence alignment using publicly accessible genetic databases now accessed by over one million researchers.

The beta version was quickly adopted for university courses in Germany and Australia and made its debut in the top three of Apple’s “Hot Picks”.

Among many researchers around the world who welcomed it as “long awaited”, Professor Stefan Könemann at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover in Germany said his students,”unanimously voted Geneious as the best for ease of use.”

Geneious is being developed by a team led by Dr Alexei Drummond.

Mr Batten said they aim to develop software that will contribute to significantly speeding up research and identification of potential new treatments.

Researchers can download Geneious 1.0 free at www.geneious.com.

Biomatters plans to release a commercial version, Geneious Pro, later this year.

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