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Beckman Licenses Orchid s SNP-IT Tech

NEW YORK, Jan. 31 - Beckman Coulter has secured a nonexclusive license to Orchid BioSciences' SNP primer-extension system, the two companies said on Thursday.


Under the terms of the agreement, Beckman Coulter can incorporate Orchid's SNP-IT scoring technique into reagent kits, software, and SNP scoring products for international distribution. This technology can be adapted to DNA sequencer, microarray plates, or flow cytometers.


As part of the deal, Orchid will get an upfront payment, as well as royalties on sales of consumable products. Other financial details were not disclosed.


As part of a separate arrangement, Orchid acquired all rights to a Beckman patent for solid-phase sequencing through progressive primer extension, a technique that can be used to identify more than one SNP on a DNA sample.

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