PacBio launches software to track DNA damage, modifications; Golden Helix sets up outpost in Japan;

> Pacific Biosciences ($PACB) has unveiled new software for tracking down DNA modifications linked with epigenetic activity and gene damage with data from its PacBio RS High Resolution Genetic Analyzer. Item

> Golden Helix has set up a beachhead in Japan and named Filgen its exclusive distributor of its genetic analysis software. News

> Appature, a provider of marketing software to life sciences companies, has tapped Bob Harrell, formerly of Shire Pharmaceuticals, to be the company's vice president of marketing in healthcare. Release

> Denmark's Exiqon has launched an online tool for designing qPCR assays for studying RNA. Release

> Simulations Plus, a provider of modeling software for pharma R&D, has landed a collaboration with a "top-5" drugmaker to update its "oral cavity dosing model." Item

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