CALL FOR ENTRIES: PhDs/Post-Docs Working in Multi-Omics Research Invited to Enter Quarterly Contest

Dr. Tai-Chung Huang of Johns Hopkins Winner of First Contest for His Pancreatic Cancer Research

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013

Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the launch of its Integrated Biology Emerging Insights Contest for students working in multi-omics biological research. All PhD and post-doctoral students studying at universities in the United States are invited to submit entries by August 30, 2013. The competition recognizes the most innovative student researchers using Agilent's GeneSpring software to inspire their pathway-centric multi-omics discoveries. Students without access to GeneSpring 12.6 software may apply for a Get GeneSpring Free Trial to participate in the contest. Additional contests will be held in the Fall and Winter.

"We are continually impressed by aspiring scientists and their fresh new approaches to biological research," said Leo Bonilla, Agilent's director of Integrated Biology, and member of the internal panel of contest judges. "With this contest, we wanted to provide them with the challenge to use our state-of-the-art software platform and unlock their full research potential, and we are very excited to see what they discover!"

Agilent provides a full range of bioinformatics software tools that enable robust visualization and analysis of complex data sets across a wide range of multi-omics applications; tools that enable simultaneous analysis of genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics and proteomics data. GeneSpring 12.6 software fuels Agilent's complete line of Integrated Biology solutions.

Three contest winners are selected based on how well their entries demonstrate multi-omics integration, and the quality of biological insights discovered via integrated analysis. First-, second-, and third-prize winners will receive Apple gift cards of varying values.

Winners of Agilent's first Emerging Insights Contest ending April 3rd included:

  • First Prize: Post-doctorate student, Dr. Tai-Chung Huang (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) for his entry, "Multi-Omics Analysis for Pancreatic Cancer."
  • Second Prize: PhD candidate, Mr. Raja Nirujogit (Johns Hopkins University) for his entry, "Multi-Omics Analysis of Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma." A third prize was not awarded in this contest.

Important Links for Contestants:

Contest entries must be submitted before August 30, 2013. Entries will be used for evaluation purposes only. They will not be distributed outside of Agilent Technologies, but copies may be distributed internally. Limit one entry per person. Agilent Technologies, in its sole, reasonable discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons determined to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of this promotion. All entrant information, including email addresses, is subject to Agilent's Customer Privacy Statement. Prizes may not be awarded to federal, state, or local government employees/employees of state-funded universities.

About Agilent's Integrated Biology Solutions

Agilent Technologies provides researchers with analytical products that span all four major "omics" disciplines. These combined hardware/software, and informatics solutions are fueling the next generation of pathway-centric multi-omics research and yielding valuable information about drug responses, drug resistance, diagnostic markers, and fundamental disease/toxicity pathways. For more information about Agilent's complete portfolio of integrated biology solutions, visit

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