With the explosion of biological information and tools, many toolkit companies are trying to remain competitive by offering a broad menu of tools to meet multiple client needs, even if those individual products are not the most technologically cutting edge.

But others are concluding that to remain competitive they must focus more narrowly on areas of expertise where they can be best-in-class. Gene Logic Inc. has chosen the latter course, spinning off its Flow-thru microfluidics chip technology into a new company, MetriGenix Inc., in order to maintain its focus on information services.