The University of Chicago has been awarded US Patent No. 6,863,406, “Apparatus and method for fabricating, sorting, and integrating materials with holographic optical traps.”

Inventors listed on the patent are David Grier and Eric Dufresene. Grier chairs the scientific advisory board of Arryx, a Chicago-based biotech commercializing products based on Grier’s basic technology (see Inside Bioassays, 12/21/2004).

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