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Media Cybernetics, Stressgen Biotechnologies, Agilent Technologies


Media Cybernetics of Silver Spring, Md., earned US Patent No. 6,498,863, “Method, system, and product for analyzing a digitized image of an array to create an image of a grid overlay.” The patent covers a system for analyzing a digitized image of an array to create an image of a grid overlay. The method includes finding the center of each object on the array, determining a standard shape and size for the objects, and creating a final image of the grid overlay.

Stressgen Biotechnologies of Victoria, Calif., was awarded US Patent No. 6,497,880, “Heat shock genes and proteins from Neisseria meningitidis, Candida glabrata and Aspergillus fumigatus.” The patent covers methods for isolating nucleic acid molecules and creating a biochip array comprised of a substrate to which either oligonucleotides, polypeptides or antibodies may be bound.

Agilent Technologies of Palo Alto, Calif., earned US Patent No. 6,495,016, “Microfluidic microchip with integrated substance injection.” The technology includes a channel structure connected to a separation channel. Pulse-shaped substance volume sequences are injected into the separation channel. The signal-to-noise ratio of the measurement results is improved by generating substance volume sequences on the basis of pseudo-randomly scattered binary digit sequences, and by a cross-correlation analysis of spectra.


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