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Covington Advises University on Creation of Bioinformatics Database

May 2, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, May 2, 2012 — Covington & Burling LLP advised the University of California, Santa Cruz on the creation of a national, federally-financed bioinformatics database. The database will serve as a secure repository for storing, cataloging, and accessing cancer genome sequences, alignments, and mutation information from leading cancer-related projects and facilities. The database was developed to facilitate the work of scientific researchers by providing live-time sharing of cancer-related genome data.

The Covington team provided advice on issues related to software licensing, data storage and warehousing, government contracting and data security, and the creation of a secure high-speed network for the transmission of data. Ken Ebanks and Bobby Lutzker handled the corporate and intellectual property aspects of the project. David Fagan and Libbie Canter advised on data security and Jennifer Plitsch and Scott Freling addressed government contracting issues.

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