|Privately held company|
|Industry||Bioinformatics Hardware and Software|
|Headquarters||Carlsbad, CA, USA|
|Products||DeCypher, Tera-BLAST, DeCypherSW, DeCypherHMM, GeneDetective, PipeWorks|
|Parent||Active Motif, Inc.|
TimeLogic is the bioinformatics division of Active Motif, Inc. The company is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. TimeLogic develops FPGA-accelerated tools for biological sequence comparison in the field of high performance bioinformatics and biocomputing.
TimeLogic was founded in 1981 by James W. (Jim) Lindelien and developed one of the first commercial hardware-accelerated tools for bioinformatics, an FPGA-accelerated version of the Smith-Waterman algorithm. TimeLogic's DeCypher systems have expanded to provide accelerated implementations of the ubiquitous bioinformatics algorithms BLAST, Smith-Waterman, and HMMER using field programmable gate array (FPGA) technology.
Selected scientific contributions
Accelerated bioinformatics algorithms have played an important role in high throughput genomics, and DeCypher systems have been widely published as an enabling technology for genomic discovery in over 180 peer-reviewed scientific research articles, including the selected milestones below:
In 2004, a high throughput genomic approach to the study of horizontal gene transfer in plant-parasitic nematodes was conducted using DeCypher Tera-BLAST, Timelogic's implementation of the BLAST algorithm.
In 2007, HMM profiling of metagenomics sequences generated by the Sorcerer II Global Ocean Sampling Expedition (GOS) were performed using DeCypherHMM to discover 1700 new protein families and matches to 6000 sequences previously categorized in scientific literature as ORFans. Dr. Craig Venter credited TimeLogic in his biography, noting that the DeCypher system performed "an order of magnitude or two more than had been achieved before. The final computation took two weeks but would have run for well more than a century on a standard computer."
- DeCypher Server is a high performance server with the DeCypher Similarity Search Engine FPGA-based accelerator that can be reprogrammed on the fly to run all of TimeLogic's accelerated search algorithms.
- Tera-BLAST is an accelerated BLAST algorithm implementation, which includes Tera-BLASTN, Tera-BLASTP, Tera-BLASTX, Tera-TBLASTN, and Tera-TBLASTX. Tera-BLAST also includes Tera-Probe, a proprietary algorithm for probe design.
- DeCypher Smith-Waterman is an accelerated Smith-Waterman algorithm implementation, which also includes FrameSearch.
- DeCypherHMM is an accelerated HMMER algorithm implementation, which also includes HFST, a frameshift tolerant HMM search.
- GeneDetective is an accelerated implementation similar to Ewan Birney's GeneWise for discovery of genes, intron, exons, and splice sites in eukaryotic genomes.
- PipeWorks is a drag-and-drop graphical interface for the design of accelerated bioinformatics pipelines.
- GenomeWeb staff reporter (26 August 2003). "Reagent Firm Active Motif Acquires TimeLogic". GenomeWeb. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
- "TimeLogic’s latest FPGA technology to be coupled with Geneious Server". January 18, 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
- "Active Motif and the CeBiTec Form Partnership to Jointly Develop Computational Tools for TimeLogic Corporation's FPGA-Based Hardware Accelerated Bioinformatics Platform". November 14, 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
- Blattner, F. R.; Plunkett g, G.; Bloch, C. A.; Perna, N. T.; Burland, V.; Riley, M.; Collado-Vides, J.; Glasner, J. D.; Rode, C. K.; Mayhew, G. F.; Gregor, J.; Davis, N. W.; Kirkpatrick, H. A.; Goeden, M. A.; Rose, D. J.; Mau, B.; Shao, Y. (1997). "The Complete Genome Sequence of Escherichia coli K-12". Science. 277 (5331): 1453–1462. PMID 9278503. doi:10.1126/science.277.5331.1453.
- Gillis, Justing (August 11, 2005). "Rice Genome Fully Mapped". washingtonpost.com.
- Goff, S. A.; Ricke, D.; Lan, T. H.; Presting, G.; Wang, R.; Dunn, M.; Glazebrook, J.; Sessions, A.; Oeller, P.; Varma, H.; Hadley, D.; Hutchison, D.; Martin, C.; Katagiri, F.; Lange, B. M.; Moughamer, T.; Xia, Y.; Budworth, P.; Zhong, J.; Miguel, T.; Paszkowski, U.; Zhang, S.; Colbert, M.; Sun, W. L.; Chen, L.; Cooper, B.; Park, S.; Wood, T. C.; Mao, L.; Quail, P. (2002). "A Draft Sequence of the Rice Genome (Oryza sativa L. Ssp. Japonica)". Science. 296 (5565): 92–100. PMID 11935018. doi:10.1126/science.1068275.
- Scholl, E. H.; Thorne, J. L.; McCarter, J. P.; Bird, D. M. (2003). "Horizontally transferred genes in plant-parasitic nematodes: A high-throughput genomic approach". Genome Biology. 4 (6): R39. PMC . PMID 12801413. doi:10.1186/gb-2003-4-6-r39.
- Yooseph, S.; Sutton, G.; Rusch, D. B.; Halpern, A. L.; Williamson, S. J.; Remington, K.; Eisen, J. A.; Heidelberg, K. B.; Manning, G.; Li, W.; Jaroszewski, L.; Cieplak, P.; Miller, C. S.; Li, H.; Mashiyama, S. T.; Joachimiak, M. P.; Van Belle, C.; Chandonia, J. M.; Soergel, D. A.; Zhai, Y.; Natarajan, K.; Lee, S.; Raphael, B. J.; Bafna, V.; Friedman, R.; Brenner, S. E.; Godzik, A.; Eisenberg, D.; Dixon, J. E.; Taylor, S. S. (2007). "The Sorcerer II Global Ocean Sampling Expedition: Expanding the Universe of Protein Families". PLoS Biology. 5 (3): e16. PMC . PMID 17355171. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0050016.
- Venter, J. Craig (October 18, 2007). A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life. New York, New York: Viking Adult. ISBN 0-670-06358-4. OCLC 165048736.
- Shultz, J. L.; Ali, S.; Ballard, L.; Lightfoot, D. A. (2007). "Development of a physical map of the soybean pathogen Fusarium virguliforme based on synteny with Fusarium graminearum genomic DNA". BMC Genomics. 8: 262. PMC . PMID 17683537. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-8-262.
- Zhan, B.; Fadista, J.; Thomsen, B.; Hedegaard, J.; Panitz, F.; Bendixen, C. (2011). "Global assessment of genomic variation in cattle by genome resequencing and high-throughput genotyping". BMC Genomics. 12: 557. PMC . PMID 22082336. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-12-557.
- Birney, E.; Clamp, M.; Durbin, R. (2004). "GeneWise and Genomewise". Genome Research. 14 (5): 988–995. PMC . PMID 15123596. doi:10.1101/gr.1865504.