Microsoft's bioinformatics beta; open optimization operation;

> Microsoft Biology Foundation, currently in beta testing, is a public-license .net toolkit based on the collective thinking of the bioinformatics community through open development, code sharing, and cross-platform support. Article

> Optibrium, maker of StarDrop software for drug discovery, has launched an online community for drug optimization that includes a forum on improving productivity. Release

> UK-based CRO Cmed plans to build up its biostatistics team and grow its clinical and data management capabilities at a new site in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park. Release

> The FDA plans to tap huge databases in several initiatives to detect drug safety issues in various populations and therapeutic areas earlier in the development process. Article

> Cheminformatics toolkits GraphSim TK, for performing 2D molecular similarity measurements, and MolProp TK, for the calculation of 2D molecular properties and the generation of custom filters, are part of the OpenEye Scientific Software v1.7.2 release. Announcement