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BioXing's (pronounced 'Bio Crossing') mission is to provide new bioinformatics infrastructure and tools to improve the practice of biotechnology.  

BioXing™ provides Bioinformatics solutions to academic laboratories, biotechnology companies and educators. The company designs and builds scalable custom databases and develops native and web-based software tools for storing, retrieving, analyzing, correlating, mining and visualizing disparate types of data and linking to external information. In addition, BioXing™  develops modern bioinformatics apps for mobile devices (tablets and smart phones).

Windows 8 Apps

Periodic Table Reference

Periodic Table Reference is a Windows Store App based upon the Windows Phone version that provides a reference for the Periodic Table of Elements.  In both versions the table is interactive in that each cell representing an element is touch active. Tapping on an element will display the properties of the selected element. Properties include Atomic and Isotope masses, Group, Type, Electronic Configuration, Oxidation States, Boiling and Melting points and Density.

Data Plot

Data Plot is a general purpose Windows Store App plotting application. Data can be entered manually, loaded from text (.csv format) or saved DataPlot formatted XML files, copied from the clipboard or from one of the available parameterizable internal standard math and geometric shape functions.

In addition user defined functions can be entered and evaluated using their parameters to create a dataset of X,Y values. For example:
    f(x) = 10.0sin(5x)exp(-0.2x) or
    f(x) = 21.12 + 10.0*cos(5*x)*exp(0.2*x) or
    f(t) = 5(10t+4^(2)sin(6.3t)).

One to ten datasets of X,Y values can be plotted simultaneously in an overlapped graph or in individual graphs. A collection of X,Y values can not only represent data but they can be used to render shapes such as polygons, roses and spirals that are generated from geometric shape functions. Since plots of datasets can be overlapped, sets of mathematical shapes can be used in innovative ways to create objects that begin to show the power of mathematics in graphics.

Windows 8 App Awards

was awarded for two Windows 8  products: Periodic Table of Fungicides and DataFit on December 6 2013 and March 1, 2014 respectively.  The Periodic Table of Fungicides is an interactive reference app that provides  'Fungicides of the World at Your Finger Tips!'.  It is based upon the Periodic Table of Fungicides V3.2 developed by Dow AgroSciences and is a convenient reference tool for agricultural specialists featuring basic information on the world's top 126 Fungicides. DataFit performs linear least squares regression fitting using selectable algorithms to obtain a line of best fit for data.  Refer to Products section for more information.


Current Development

BioXing™ is now focusing on the development of touch based bioinformatics products for Windows 8 store apps that can be used on tablets and workstations. In addition, apps for Windows 8 phones and other smart phones have been developed and more are under development.

.NET Components Development

BioXing™ has developed a number of powerful and versatile .NET components such as BxMicroTitrePlate and BxReporter that can easily be incorporated into Windows 7 and Windows 8 desk top applications.  These components are used whenever an application requires a microtitre plate user interface or whenever the application needs to print reports especially tabular reports. Examples can be viewed in their respective product descriptions.

Integrated Laboratory Solutions

BioXing™ offers a range of Bioinformatics solutions depending upon the amount and rate of data being gathered, analyzed, integrated and mined. Academic research laboratories may only need a file sharing system using peer to peer networking of computers where as medium size research facilities or biotechnology companies may need  a client -server network with a single server. These two systems may use PC workstations and a PC Server. However, academic laboratories or biotechnology companies that generate and analyze terabytes of information would need a scaleable and distributable client-server network with high-end multiple servers having large storage capacity and recovery capability. BioXing has developed a universal self-architecting database called BioConnections™  that can be put onto different database server platforms, can be scaled and can accommodate a  variety of data types. A totally integrated set of software products has been designed to work with any of these systems.  

The collection of products is called WebFormatics™ for the web based implementation and  NetFormatics™ for the version using the Microsoft® .NET® platform.  Individual components are named with the beginning letters of Bx followed by a descriptive text for the component. In addition throughout the database schema unique IDs are used, for example, for SOPs, Protocols, samples and projects. The IDs are preceded by the letters Bx to reflect that they are automatically generated by the data system to ensure uniqueness. The product module called LabConnect™, which will interface to the both informatics systems, will control and synchronize running of multiple types of instruments by accepting  upstream method parameters and by providing instrument status updates and data.

Descriptions of typical integrated laboratories for microarrays (BxArraytm)  and other laboratories (BxLabtm) as well as hardware configurations are presented in the Documents section of the Products section. In addition the overall architecture of the process flow for building Knowledge databases (BxKnowledgetm ) is presented.






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