I work in big pharma, and we are using .NET for a host of applications. For example, data mining, assay and protocol modeling, instumentation acquisition, ontology-based type systems, robotic api's, even some productivity & document tools. I love .net.
This isn't exactly the kind of research you mentioned but it is research.
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