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Stephen Fodor, Lubert Stryer, Leighton Read, Michael Pirrung, Paul Clark, Jivan Biologics, SciGene, Ariadne Genomics

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Several top Affymetrix officials and scientists were recently named 'European Inventors of the Year' by the European Patent Office in the small to medium-sized enterprise category.

Affymetrix founder, chairman and CEO, Stephen Fodor, Affy scientific advisory board chairman Lubert Stryer, as well as company scientists Leighton Read and Michael Pirrung all received the award, which recognized the inventors for being the first to file patents on high-density microarray technology.


Paul Clark has joined the board of directors of Agilent Technologies, the company said last week.

Clark is the chairman, president and CEO of ICOS Corp., a Bothell, Wash.-based healthcare products company. Prior to joining ICOS, Clark served as executive vice president and board member of Abbott Laboratories, and held executive positions with Marion Laboratories and Sandoz Pharmaceuticals.

 

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Jivan Biologics last week launched its Genome-Wide Mouse Splice Variant Microarray. The company claims that the array can interrogate hundreds of thousands of alternate RNA splicing events in the mouse genome, and enable scientists to quantify the expression of specific splice products rather than mere genes.

Jivan said sample labeling, hybridization, and data analysis are available through services offered by NimbleGen Systems and MoGene. Catalogue arrays manufactured by NimbleGen and Agilent Technologies are also available.


SciGene last week introduced its BriteSpot Microarray Workstation for genomic and proteomic research. The company claims the workstation can standardize and automate microarray hybridization, washing, and drying in an ozone-safe environment.

According to SciGene, the BriteSpot Workstation also minimizes data variation from non-biological sources.


Ariadne Genomics said this week that the Metabolic Vision microbial pathway collection developed by Integrated Genomics is now available as an ancillary pathway database for its PathwayStudio and PathwayExpert software.

The addition expands Ariadne's existing offerings to include microbial pathway analysis for basic, medical and industrial microbiology, and food and environmental research in addition to mammalian pathway analysis.