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Teranode Corporation Launches First Industrial-Strength Research Design Tools For The Life Sciences at DEMO 2004
Teranode Corporation unveiled VLX Design Suite, its revolutionary design tools for laboratory and in-silico research that helps scientists better manage the complexity found in today's scientific environment in Scottsdale, AZ at DEMO 2004 on February 16, 2004. Click here for more information.
UW licenses two technologies for development by Teranode Corporation
A private technology start-up company, Teranode Corp. of Seattle, has licensed two technologies developed at the University of Washington: Labscape, which promises to revolutionize how data is collected and analyzed in laboratories, and JSim, which offers cutting-edge simulations of biological systems. Click here for more information.

What is Labscape?
Labscape is a ubiquitous laboratory assistant for cell biology, developed in collaboration between the University of Washington Cell Systems Initiative (UW/CSI) and the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, has garnered significant attention from both the computer science and biotechnology communities, as shown by recent peer-reviewed publications, federal grants from NSF and NIH, and collaboration with biotechnology firms. Originally designed to meet the information needs of professional biologists, Labscape has also exhibited potential to enhance the biology education experience by integrating theory and practice in an engaging hands-on environment. The results of our high school deployment, presented at conferences in 2002 and 2003 have generated continuing demand to expand and further assess educational applications of Labscape. The objective of the Labscape Project is to create the biology laboratory of the future in which information processing and physical activity are integrated. In today's biology research environment, the lab bench is a place where information is both created and consumed. Yet, due to the need for lab workers to remain focused on the task at hand rather than on interfacing with computer systems, the lab bench remains a largely computer-free zone. Most biologists split their time between the physical lab environment and a more traditional office environment where information can be accessed and disseminated in a digital form. Our thesis is that any view of the laboratory of the future demands that these two worlds become integrated, which requires the design and development of a ubiquitous computing platform.

CSI and Labscape
Our goals are to assist the Labscape development efforts by combining CSI's technologies with the UW CSE efforts. This work has taken shape by bringing Labscape into High School biology laboratories. Starting locally with the Ballard High School Pilot Project, we have seen some dramatic results enabling both CSI and Labscape to go into more classrooms. As our work progresses we will be updating this area with the combined work.
L. Arnstein, C. Hung, R. Franza, Q. Zhou, G. Borriello, S. Consolvo, J. Su, Labscape: A Smart Environment for the Cell Biology Laboratory, Pervasive Computing IEEE Magazine. vol. 1, no. 3, July-September 2002.

Arnstein, L. F., Sigurdsson, S., Franza, R., Ubiquitous Computing in the Biology Laboratory, Journal of Lab Automation (JALA)>. vol 6, no. 1, March 2001.
S. Consolvo, L. Arnstein, R. Franza, User Study Techniques in the Design and Evaluation of a Ubicomp Environment. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, September 2002, Springer-Verlag, Germany

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