Solutions for Biotechnology
BioXing's (pronounced 'Bio Crossing') mission is to provide new bioinformatics infrastructure and tools to improve the practice of biotechnology.
BioXing™ provides Bioinformatics solutions to academic laboratories, biotechnology companies and educators. The company designs and builds scalable custom databases and develops native and web-based software tools for storing, retrieving, analyzing, correlating, mining and visualizing disparate types of data and linking to external information. In addition, BioXing™ develops modern bioinformatics apps for mobile devices (tablets and smart phones).
Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Apps
Periodic Table Reference is a Windows 10 Store App based upon the Windows Phone version that provides a reference for the Periodic Table of Elements. In both versions the table is interactive in that each cell representing an element is touch active. Tapping on an element will display the properties of the selected element. Properties include Atomic and Isotope masses, Group, Type, Electronic Configuration, Oxidation States, Boiling and Melting points, Density, Element Electronegativities and Discoverer information (Discoverer name(s), Location(s) and Date).
Updated - May 2017
This update added hundreds of isotopes, percent abundances where missing and improved the User Interface especially for smaller screen tablets. An option was added to show/hide the data view when only the Periodic Table view was desired.
Updated - September, 2016
This update converted the App to the Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and added voice input and output. That is, elements can be selected by saying the element name and as an element is selected, its name is pronounced. In addition, pictures of discoverers were added and historical data was improved.
Updated - December, 2015
This update added Atomic Mass to each cell within the Periodic Table. General improvements to the user interface were also implemented which included its overall appearance and scaling of the table as the size of the application changes.
Updated - September, 2015
The Windows 10 Store App has been updated to better show the Transactinide elements by placing them in a third row below the Lanthanides and Actinides. The Periodic Table and the data for the selected element can be printed and exported to image files (.png formatted) or to the clipboard. In addition, the app supports printing of the legend, alphabetical and atomic numbered ordered lists and element electronic configurations. An Energy graph of the selected element's electronic configuration showing pairing of electrons with spin up and down arrows is now displayed and updated as an element is selected.. In addition, a timeline graph of the dates of element discovery has been added as have a number of reference tables. Screen captures of the latest version can be viewed at Periodic Table Reference as well as a link to the Windows Store to obtain the App.
Data Plot is a general purpose Windows 10 Store App plotting application that supports Line Plots, Bar Charts and Pie Charts and displays of user parameterized functions. Data can be entered manually, loaded from text files and the clipboard with tab, comma, semicolon and space delimited fields and with fixed width columns, saved DataPlot formatted XML files or from one of the available parameterizable internal standard math and geometric shape functions. In addition user defined functions can be entered and evaluated using their parameters to create a dataset.
Updated - September, 2016
This update converted the App to the Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform (UWP).
Updated - March 2016
This update added Pie and Bar charts to the application along with adding more text data entry and improved multi-graph views.
In addition user defined functions can be entered and evaluated using their
parameters to create a dataset of X,Y values. For example:
One to ten datasets of X,Y values can be plotted simultaneously in an overlapped graph or in individual graphs. A collection of X,Y values can not only represent data but they can be used to render shapes such as polygons, roses and spirals that are generated from geometric shape functions. Since plots of datasets can be overlapped, sets of mathematical shapes can be used in innovative ways to create objects that begin to show the power of mathematics in graphics.
Updated Periodic Table of Fungicides to Version 4.0 - May, 2017
Version 4.0 is a major update to the previous electronic version (3.2), which was released in 2012. Version 4.0 includes updates to the data for all entries. Newly named fungicides and their structures have been added. Various types of information were add including CAS registry numbers, years of first registration or launch, vapor pressure and basic efficacy spectrum. Search capability has been improved by adding a Structure by Mode of Action search feature. In addition to displaying the major crop uses for each fungicide, a comprehensive crop list has been added through which the main fungicides used for each crop can be found. Along with updates to data, the user interface has been updated that facilitates better coordination between each of the application views.
Version 4.0 is available as a standard Windows 10 desktop application and as a Universal Windows Application obtained from the Microsoft Windows Store.
was awarded for two Windows 8 products: Periodic Table of Fungicides and DataFit on December 6 2013 and March 1, 2014 respectively. The Periodic Table of Fungicides is an interactive reference app that provides 'Fungicides of the World at Your Finger Tips!'. It is based upon the Periodic Table of Fungicides V3.2 developed by Dow AgroSciences and is a convenient reference tool for agricultural specialists featuring basic information on the world's top 126 Fungicides. DataFit performs linear least squares regression fitting using selectable algorithms to obtain a line of best fit for data. Refer to Products section for more information.
Updated both applications - September, 2016
Both of these Apps have been converted to the Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform (UWP).
BioXing™ is now focusing on the development of touch based bioinformatics products for Windows 10 store apps that can be used on tablets and workstations. In addition, apps for Windows 8 phones and other smart phones have been developed.
.NET Components Development
BioXing™ has developed a number of powerful and versatile .NET components such as BxMicroTitrePlate and BxReporter that can easily be incorporated into Windows 7 and Windows 8 desk top applications. These components are used whenever an application requires a microtitre plate user interface or whenever the application needs to print reports especially tabular reports. Examples can be viewed in their respective product descriptions.
Integrated Laboratory Solutions
BioXing™ offers a range of Bioinformatics solutions depending upon the amount and rate of data being gathered, analyzed, integrated and mined. Academic research laboratories may only need a file sharing system using peer to peer networking of computers where as medium size research facilities or biotechnology companies may need a client -server network with a single server. These two systems may use PC workstations and a PC Server. However, academic laboratories or biotechnology companies that generate and analyze terabytes of information would need a scaleable and distributable client-server network with high-end multiple servers having large storage capacity and recovery capability. BioXing has developed a universal self-architecting database called BioConnections™ that can be put onto different database server platforms, can be scaled and can accommodate a variety of data types. A totally integrated set of software products has been designed to work with any of these systems.
The collection of products is called WebFormatics™ for the web based implementation and NetFormatics™ for the version using the Microsoft® .NET® platform. Individual components are named with the beginning letters of Bx followed by a descriptive text for the component. In addition throughout the database schema unique IDs are used, for example, for SOPs, Protocols, samples and projects. The IDs are preceded by the letters Bx to reflect that they are automatically generated by the data system to ensure uniqueness. The product module called LabConnect™, which will interface to the both informatics systems, will control and synchronize running of multiple types of instruments by accepting upstream method parameters and by providing instrument status updates and data.
Descriptions of typical integrated laboratories for microarrays (BxArraytm) and other laboratories (BxLabtm) as well as hardware configurations are presented in the Documents section of the Products section. In addition the overall architecture of the process flow for building Knowledge databases (BxKnowledgetm ) is presented.
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