NEW YORK, April 11 - The US government has awarded Cepheid a patent for its I-CORE technology, which allows for "simultaneous, real-time optical excitation and detection of two or more nucleic acids," and one for a technology that allows for the "automated preparation of biological samples using chip-based microfluidics technology."

To date, Cepheid has 36 US patents either issued or pending, plus corresponding foreign patent applications.

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