GE Healthcare acquiring Applied Precision; Wellcome Trust takes on access to raw clinical data;

> GE Healthcare is acquiring Applied Precision, which makes high-resolution microscopes along with software and data visualization tools for biomedical researchers, for an undisclosed amount. Item

> Thomson Reuters plans to offer access to its validated biomarker content within MetaCore, the company's pathway analysis and biomarker discovery solution. According to a news release, the enhanced access will provide users of MetaCore with additional gene and biomarker data including biomarker name, type and role as well as gene name within their search results. The additional data is drawn from Thomson Reuters Integrity, with more than 7,000 biomarkers and 200,000 related uses. Release

> Ananth Kalyanaraman, assistant professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University, has received a $750,000, five-year award from the Energy Department for work using sophisticated computer programming to solve challenging, big picture problems for biologists. Report

> A recent article in the journal BMJ describes an initiative at the Wellcome Trust for setting guidelines for making raw data from clinical studies more widely accessible than before. Item

> BioPharm Systems, a California-based IT consulting firm for life sciences companies, says that its "Ascend" software for the managment of clinical trials has been approved as an Oracle Accellerate Solution. Release