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Invitrogen Licenses Zyomyx Patents; Zyomyx to Help Develop New Protein Chip Applications

Invitrogen has licensed several protein-chip patents from Zyomyx and has signed an R&D deal with the company to develop new products, Invitrogen said on Tuesday.

Under the agreement, Invitrogen obtained the rights to specific fields of use for more than 30 protein microarray patents held by Zyomyx. Invitrogen plans to use these patents to develop additional applications for its own protein arrays, called ProtoArray, which resulted from its acquisition of Protometrix earlier this year. Through an R&D agreement, Zyomyx will contribute to the development of these new products.

“The Zyomyx development processes are very complementary to our ProtoArray products, and by licensing rights to relevant Zyomyx intellectual property we are making it possible for Invitrogen researchers to develop proprietary processes and applications for our unique protein microarrays that will expand their utility and accessibility,” Invitrogen CEO Greg Lucier said in a company statement.

Additionally, Invitrogen announced that its 2005 financial guidance conference meeting would be held in New York on Dec. 9 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, starting at 9 am.


Molecular Devices Launches New SpectraMax Product

Molecular Devices last month launched a new microplate reader for its SpectraMax M2 dual absorbance and fluorescence plate reader platform product line. The system, launched at the London Lab Automation Europe show, is designed to be a multi-detection microplate reader, with primary applications for fluorescence intensity, absorbance, luminescence, time-resolved fluorescence and fluorescence polarization assays, the company said. The system is available now from Molecular Device’s website at a cost of $85,000.


UNC Chapel Hill Receives $1M from NIH To Provide Improved Proteomics Search Software

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have received $1 million in funding from the US National Institutes of Health to further develop and make available proteomics software, NIH said this week.

The three-year funding, from the National Center for Research Resources, will allow the scientists to improve their protein-identification software, called Genome Fingerprint Scanning, and distribute it more widely free of charge. The program is capable of matching protein mass-spectrometry data directly to unannotated or unfinished genome sequences.

Led by Morgan Giddings, the researchers plan to include peptide maps that users can browse overlaid on a genome, expand the list of searchable genomes, provide multi-genome searching, automate updates of the genome databases and distribution of the computing load, and include searching of multi-exon genes. Furthermore, they intend to make the program available on additional computing platforms.


Bruker and Albany NanoTech Agree to X-ray Analysis Collaboration

Bruker AXS will provide Albany NanoTech its D8 Discover for Wafers technology, the company said this week.

The tool enables researchers to determine the structural characterization of nanolayers from 0.1 nm to 1000 nm, Bruker said in a statement.

Albany NanoTech will use the platform to analyze semiconductor heterostructures, and to develop new kinds of nanomaterials.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.


DOE Awards PNNL, ORNL $2M For Biological Computing Research

The US Department of Energy’s Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research awarded Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory $1 million each to develop high-performance computing technology to support proteomics, biomolecular simulations, and biological network analysis.

The so-called BioPilot project will develop software and computer infrastructures “that will address the areas of biology determined to have the greatest need for data-intensive computing,” according to a statement from PNNL.

Earlier this year, DOE selected ORNL’s Center for Computational Sciences to lead a partnership with a goal of building a supercomputer with a peak capacity of more than 250 teraflops by 2007.


NSF to Award $29M For Phyloinformatics Projects

The National Science Foundation is soliciting proposals for computational phylogenetics and phyloinformatics projects as part of its “Assembling the Tree of Life” initiative, which plans to construct a phylogeny for the 1.7 million described species on Earth.

NSF has issued a program solitication seeking “projects in data acquisition, analysis, algorithm development and dissemination in computational phylogenetics and phyloinformatics.”

NSF said it plans to award between three and six awards in fiscal year 2005, which began Oct.1, and again in 2006, with a total of $14 million earmarked for FY 2005 and $15 million for FY 2006. Awards will range up to $3 million each, for durations up to five years.

The Scan

CDC Calls Delta "Variant of Concern"

CNN reports the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now considers the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 to be a "variant of concern."

From FDA to Venture Capital

Former FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn is taking a position at a venture capital firm, leading some ethicists to raise eyebrows, according to the Washington Post.

Consent Questions

Nature News writes that there are questions whether informed consent was obtained for some submissions to a database of Y-chromosome profiles.

Cell Studies on Multimodal Single-Cell Analysis, Coronaviruses in Bats, Urban Microbiomes

In Cell this week: approach to analyze multimodal single-cell genomic data, analysis of bat coronaviruses, and more.