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Instem Releases Next Version of SRS Data Integration Platform

SRS Version 8.4 Provides Advanced Searching Capabilities

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA - (BUSINESS WIRE) – July 24, 2013 - -Instem, a leading provider of IT solutions to the global early development healthcare market, announced today it has released version 8.4 of its Sequence Retrieval System, also known as “SRS”.

SRS is a proven and scalable data integration platform that is used at over 300 commercial and academic sites. Designed to ensure flexibility and scalability, SRS provides a multi-layer enterprise scale solution to the problem of large-scale bioinformatics and genomic data integration.

SRS version 8.4 includes support for indexing data using Apache Lucene technology. This new text indexing technology provides SRS users with access to advanced text-based search capabilities, including improved phrase matching, fuzzy matching of terms and sorting of results based on the relevance of the match to the initial search.

“Utilizing Lucene indexing on designated databanks, information is more easily and readily found, and does not require complex Boolean logic queries to bring the most relevant search results to the front,” comments Gordon Baxter, Instem’s Chief Scientific Officer. “Our end users can find their information of interest even faster without the need to navigate through pages of results. This is yet another differentiator to alternative technologies in the market and helps ensure our clients see a clear ROI on day one of their deployment.”

Lucene indexing is configured by the administrator on a per-database level, and SRS administrators have access to a number of configuration options to improve the relevance of results, such as the boosting of individual fields and the specifying of stop-words and synonyms.

Other Key updates in SRS version 8.4 include:

  • Updates to platform and operating system support
  • Support of latest Linux operating systems, including RedHat Enterprise 6 series and the CentOS 6 equivalents
  • Internal stability and functionality changes; such as capabilities to make HTTP web service calls and retrieve remote data from within SRS scripts or parsers, as well as extensions to the SRS query language to support phrase searching

Instem has seen increased interest in its SRS technology, including a recent award from a global healthcare organization to provide an enhanced SEND solution. Using SRS, the client can now identify patterns and trends in their data, generating new knowledge and scientific insight.

About Instem

Instem is a leading supplier of IT applications to the early development healthcare market, delivering compelling solutions for data collection, management and analysis across the R&D continuum. Instem applications are in use by customers worldwide, meeting the rapidly expanding needs of life science and healthcare organizations for data-driven decision making leading to safer, more effective products.

Instem’s portfolio of software solutions increases client productivity by automating study-related processes while offering the unique ability to generate new knowledge through the extraction and harmonization of actionable scientific information.

Instem supports over 400 clients through full service offices in the United States, United Kingdom and China with additional locations in India and a full service distributor based in Japan.

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