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IP Roundup: NYU, Luminex, Quanterix, Samsung, Applied Precision, Fluidigm Win US Patents

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New York University has been awarded US Patent No. 8,841,428, "Polynucleotide nanomechanical device that acts as an artificial ribosome and translates DNA signals into polymer assembly instructions."

Nadrian Seeman, Shiping Liao, James Canary, and Hong Zhong are named as inventors.


Luminex has been awarded US Patent No. 8,846,317, "Systems and methods for multiplex analysis of PCR in real time."

Douglas Whitman and Charles Collins are named as the inventors.


Quanterix has been awarded US Patent No. 8,846,415, "Ultra-sensitive detection of molecules on single molecule arrays."

David Duffy, Evan Ferrell, Jeffrey Randall, David Rissin, and David Walt are named as the inventors.


Samsung Electronics and Applied Precision have been awarded US Patent No. 8,848,051, "Method of scanning biochip and apparatus for performing the same."

Kyu-sang Lee, Carl Brown, Kyla Teplitz, and Steve Goodson are named as the inventors.


Fluidigm has been awarded US Patent No. 8,849,037, "Methods and systems for image processing of microfluidic devices."

Simant Dube, Gang Sun, and Lian-She Zhao are named as the inventors.

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