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PATENT PROTECTIONS FOR SEMANTIC TECHNOLOGY IN TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH AND PERSONALIZED MEDICINE GRANTED TO IO INFORMATICS


BERKELEY, CA - January 12, 2010

IO Informatics has been granted further patent protection on its intellectual property (IP) portfolio - strengthening their unique position for semantic technologies applied to Life Sciences research, translational research and personalized medicine. The newly awarded patent protections will make a dramatic impact in the manner in which complex biological processes are tackled.

Nineteen claims were allowed in June of 2009. This new patent extends the company’s “System, method, software architecture…” patent granted in 2006, with a priority date of December 1999. The new semantically focused claims primarily cover mapping of data subsets to semantic data models (e.g. “ontologies”) and the representation of properties and relationships according to common vocabularies. This serves to maximize the value of data by integrating and conceptualizing new and existing data for better comprehension and for new knowledge-based applications made possible by the semantic data model.

Dr. Erich Gombocz, VP and CSO of IO Informatics said, “It is very exciting to see the unique intellectual advantages our technology offers to address challenging scientific use-cases effectively acknowledged by the USPTO. Specifically, advances IO Informatics has made in the area of applied knowledge will provide semantic models for profiling drug toxicity or efficacy, screening and detection of presymptomatic disease states, patient stratification for clinical trials, and treatment in personalized medicine. Being able to do this with confidence will improve the quality of life through better-targeted, more efficient medical treatments. It is extremely rewarding to see this becoming reality.”

These claims define significant enhancements for the automatic generation of semantic networks from multi-modal data sources, including binary and image data.

Robert Stanley, President and CEO of IO Informatics added, “We are at a very exciting time for intellectual property at IO informatics. In addition to the aforementioned patent, the IP portfolio has been broadened, with 15 new Applied Semantic Knowledgebase (ASK) application-focused claims filed in August 2009 and with 7 previously filed claims dealing with protocols for virtual databases and a knowledge extraction engine in advanced office actions stages.”

ABOUT IO INFORMATICS

IO is at the forefront of the semantic technology wave. The Company provides software and services for uniquely efficient data integration and transformative knowledge applications in life sciences, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical environments.

For more information visit: www.io-informatics.com

CONTACT

Kashef Qaadri
Director of Sales
IO Informatics
510-705-8470

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