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BASF Plant Science L.L.C. Licenses The BRENDA Enzyme Database Of BIOBASE Biological Databases


10/19/2005 5:11:34 PM

WOLFENBUTTEL, Germany, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- BIOBASE, the leading provider of biological databases, announced today the licensing of the enzyme database BRENDA(R) by BASF Plant Science. Thus BIOBASE intensifies its activities in the chemistry division and in plant biotechnology.

The plant biotechnology company BASF Plant Science has recently become licensee of the enzyme database BRENDA(R). This news was announced today by BIOBASE GmbH, a company that has been actively developing and providing high-quality, scientific databases for the biotechnology, agrobiotech, pharma and chemistry industries since 1997.

"We are extremely pleased that our technology of expertly maintained, molecular-biological databases will be used in such leading companies as BASF. Our customers can effectively deal with the high level of pressure for innovation in the biotechnology market segment with the bioinformatics know-how of the BRENDA(R)database," states Prof. Dr. Edgar Wingender, CSO, BIOBASE. "By using the key technology bioinformatics, for example, tremendous cost savings can be realized in research on the optimization of useful plants."

BRENDA(R) (http://www.brenda.uni-koeln.de/)

The electronic encyclopedia BRENDA(R) (enzymeta GmbH, Prof. Dr. Schomburg) contains data on 83,000 different enzymes from 9,800 organisms and additional metabolic data that has been manually annotated from more than 46,000 publications.

The newly published module BRENDA(R) LIGAND provides information on ligands from 500,000 enzyme-ligand relationships, more than 46,000 different chemical compounds and 34,500 structures of ligands from 56,608 publications.

BIOBASE (http://www.biobase.de/)

BIOBASE was founded in 1997 from the bioinformatics research group of the German Research Centre for Biotechnology (GBF). The company distributes worldwide licenses for in-house developed molecular biological databases and is also active as a distributor for in-licensed databases. Its product portfolio also includes the internationally acclaimed molecular biological databases TRANSFAC(R) (gene regulation, http://www.transfac.de/) and TRANSPATH(R)-NetPro(TM) (signal networks, http://www.transpath.de/).

So far, over 50 of the larger biotechnological and pharmaceutical companies and over 200 universities and academic institutes are satisfied customers of the company.

BASF Plant Science

All BASF activities involving plant biotechnology are incorporated in BASF Plant Science. BASF Plant Science coordinates an international research and technology platform with seven sites in four countries in Europe and North America. Through the use of plant biotechnology, BASF Plant Science seeks to develop crops that provide a healthier diet through improved constituents as well as plants with improved cultivation properties, such as enhanced tolerance to drought.

To find out more about BASF Plant Science, please see our internet web site at: http://www.basf.com/biotechnology .

BASF AG (http://www.basf.com/)

BASF is the world's leading chemical company. BASF's portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. With new technologies BASF can tap into additional market opportunities. In 2003, BASF had sales of circa $ 42 billion and over 87,000 employees worldwide. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA), New York (BF), Paris (BA) and Zurich (AN).

http://www.biobase.de/

Biobase GmbH

CONTACT: Contact: Susanne Thiele, Halchtersche, Strasse 33, 38304Wolfenbuttel, (Germany). v: +49 (0) 53 31/85 84 �¿25, f: +49 (0)53 31/85 84 �¿71, e: presse@biobase.de, w: http://www.biobase.de/



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