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Beckman Coulter Pays Roche $27.5M to License RT-PCR Technology for IVD Use

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Beckman Coulter today said it has acquired an in vitro diagnostics product license to all of Roche's real-time PCR patents and pending patent applications.
 
In exchange Beckman Coulter will pay Roche a one-time license fee of $27.5 million and will also pay royalties on sales of all licensed products.

Beckman recently settled a patent-infringement suit with ABI that enabled it to license thermal cycler technology for RT-PCR instrumentation. The Roche license, meantime, "gives our company the intellectual property required to meet the molecular testing needs of routine labs for an automated, fully integrated system," Beckman CEO Scott Garrett said in a statement.

The Scan

Could Mix It Up

The US Food and Drug Administration is considering a plan that would allow for the mixing-and-matching of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and boosters, the New York Times says.

Closest to the Dog

New Scientist reports that extinct Japanese wolf appears to be the closest known wild relative of dogs.

Offer to Come Back

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the University of Tennessee is offering Anming Hu, a professor who was acquitted of charges that he hid ties to China, his position back.

PNAS Papers on Myeloid Differentiation MicroRNAs, Urinary Exosomes, Maize Domestication

In PNAS this week: role of microRNAs in myeloid differentiation, exosomes in urine, and more.