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Cellomics and BD Recently Awarded US Patents Related to Cellular Assays


Cellomics has been awarded US Patent No. 6,917,884, "Automated assay for identification of individual cells during kinetic assays."

The inventors listed on the patent are Paul Sammak, Gustavo Rosania, Richard Rubin, Michel Nederlof, Oleg Lapets, Randall Shopoff, and Murugan Kannan.

According to its abstract, the patent protects methods and software for tracking individual cells during a kinetic cell screening assay.

Becton Dickinson has been awarded US Patent No. 6,916,608, "Composition for providing long-term stability to cells for diagnostic testing."

Inventors listed on the patent are Dolores Berger, Daretta Yursis, William Nussbaumer, and Anne Brown.

According to its abstract, the patent protects a method and composition for stabilizing clinical specimens (i.e. cells in biological samples) for transport and subsequent testing for diagnosis. The composition is specifically capable of maintaining nucleic acid in the cells intact for hybridization with oligonucleotide capture and detector probes.

The Scan

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