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Fluidigm Licenses Gyros Patent

NEW YORK, March 18 - Swedish compact-disk microfluidics maker Gyros has licensed some of its technology to Fluidigm, the companies said today.


The licensing deal covers US patent 5,376,252, as well as corresponding worldwide patents.


Fluidigm, which imakes flexible soft-lithography-based microfluidics technology has recently launched a device, the Topaz crystallizer, which automates different stages of protein crystallization experiments.


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