FIO of Toronto has received US Patent No. 8,360,321, "System and method of deconvolving multiplexed fluorescence spectral signals generated by quantum dot optical coding technology." According to the patent, a system is used to deconvolve multiplexed fluorescence spectral signals into single-color fluorescence spectra. It relies on a spectral database that contains a parameter set for each of the component spectra, as well as a sliding window technique that deconvolves the multiplexed signal into the component spectra.

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