INCOGEN, Inc. provides software and professional services to scientists involved in pharmaceutical, agricultural and biotechnology research. INCOGEN scientists and software engineers are committed to supplying the research community with tools to optimize the analysis, mining, and management of life science data and to continue to meet and exceed the expectations placed upon them by their customers.
INCOGEN was established in May of 1998 as a bioinformatics consulting firm by Dr. Maciek Sasinowski in Clemson, SC. The founding mission was to pursue knowledge discovery by developing computational solutions to the complex challenges faced by researchers in life sciences. On January 1, 2000, the company was incorporated to become INCOGEN, Inc. The founding management included Maciek Sasinowski, President and CEO; Heather Sasinowska, Vice President and COO; Jason Miller, Director of Software Technologies; Krista Miller, Senior Software Engineer., and Louis DeSimone, Director of Marketing and Sales.
Early in its history, INCOGEN joined forces with industry leaders (Sun Microsystems, IBM, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), Oracle, TimeLogic, Blackstone and LabBook) to form the Interoperable Informatics Infrastructure Consortium (I3C), a group dedicated to the development of an open platform for life sciences. In June 2001, the company was awarded its first research grant, a three-year award from the National Institute of Standards and Technology - Advanced Technology Program (NIST ATP). The project involved the development and implementation of a protocol, based on the emerging XML and web services technologies, to provide scientists with access to the growing, heterogeneous resources that were becoming available for genomic analysis.
In November of 2001, INCOGEN relocated its corporate headquarters to Williamsburg, VA, where it established a bioinformatics collaboration with the Commonwealth of Virginia, The College of William and Mary and the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech. Since its inception, INCOGEN has continued to innovate the field of bioinformatics, both as a corporation that provides products and services, as well as a research institution, attracting over 15 million dollars in research grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Throughout the company's existence, INCOGEN and its employees have been recognized repeatedly for their contributions to information technology, life sciences, and bioinformatics through multiple awards, such as the "High-Tech Emerging Company of the Year" Award from the Hampton Roads Technology Council, the "ComputerWorld Honors Award" for VIBE, "Genome Technology All Star," and Styles' Magazine "Top 40 under 40."
Partners and Research Collaborators
The College of William and Mary
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Johns Hopkins University
Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech
Virginia Biotechnology Organization