Panasonic of Osaka, Japan, has received US Patent Nos. 8,480,866; 8,480,867; and 8,480,878, all entitled, "Biosensor, thin film electrode forming method, quantification apparatus, and quantification method." The '866 and '878 patents describe biosensors that consist of conductive layers made of noble metals, such as gold and palladium, electrodes, and microfluidics for supplying samples to the electrodes. The '867 patent provides a means for measuring substrate content present in a specimen once it is applied to the biosensor by detecting emitted electrical signals.

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