Monday, July 24, 2000
American Home Products Corp.
hopes its database deals with both Incyte Genomics Inc. and Celera Genomics Group will
leapfrog the sequence data, and more importantly gene data, available through public
efforts. However, with a smaller scale high throughput screening (HTS) effort than other
big pharma companies, the challenge for AHP is target selection and management.
AHP's Wyeth-Ayerst subsidiary (Radnor, Penn.) established a genomics
program in 1999 using public sequence information. According to Charlie Richard, assistant
vice president of genomics at Wyeth-Ayerst, the company made the investment in INCY's and
CRA's databases "because notification of available