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National Jewish Medical and Research Center and Surface Logix Awarded US Patents

National Jewish Medical and Research Center has been awarded US Patent 7,374,934, “Cell populations and methods of production thereof.”
The inventors listed on the patent are Gordon Keller, Robert Hawley, and Kyunghee Choi.
According to its abstract, the patent relates to novel immortalized precursor cell populations derived from embryonic stem cell populations and the methods required to produce these cell populations. The patent also discusses an assay to identify regulatory compounds capable of controlling cell growth for therapeutic and experimental use.

Surface Logix has been awarded US Patent 7,374,906, “Biological assays using gradients formed in microfluidic systems.”
The inventors listed on the patent are Gregory Kirk, Emanuele Ostuni, Enoch Kim, Olivier Schueller, and Paul Sweetnam.
The patent describes a device for monitoring chemotaxis or chemoinvasion, its abstract stated. The patent also provides a flexible assay system and numerous assays that can be used to test biological interactions and systems. Laminar flow gradients that mimic gradient situations present in vivo are also used.

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