Press for Software, Systems and Services

Several travel and search website companies, along with Microsoft Corp., are banding together in an attempt to buy Cambridge travel technology company ITA Software Inc. from under the nose of Internet giant Google Inc., according to people involved in the discussions.

Eager to snap up a company that makes some much-used travel-search technology—and keep it out of Google Inc.'s hands—several potential buyers are circling ITA Software Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.

ITA Software, Inc., the leading provider of innovative solutions for the travel industry, today announced that Virgin Atlantic Airways has successfully deployed QPX™ for its website, www.virgin-atlantic.com. Virgin Atlantic joins a growing number of European-based airlines using QPX to deliver advanced airfare pricing and shopping capabilities.

Data that help doctors and life sciences companies improve patient care and reduce costs will be their most valuable asset in five years, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers. If so, then Boston-based Humedica, Inc. stands to be a big winner.