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In Brief This Week: Gen-Probe; Bio-Rad Laboratories; Becton Dickinson; Genewiz

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Gen-Probe disclosed in a quarterly filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission this week that it had purchased around $4 million of Roka Bioscience's Series C preferred stock as part of Roka's recently completed $20 million financing round. Roka is a spinout of Gen-Probe to develop molecular assays for biopharmaceutical production, water and food safety testing, and other applications. Gen-Probe said in the filing that it now owns roughly 19 percent of Roka's stock on a fully diluted basis.

Bio-Rad Laboratories was sued this week by South Korean firm NanoEnTek and its subsidiary Digital-Bio Technology for allegedly infringing their US Patent No. 7,842,157, titled, "Method for Bonding Plastic Micro Chip." According to the complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the plaintiffs allege that Bio-Rad's TC10 Automated Cell Counter and TC10 Counting Slides infringe their patent.

Becton Dickinson disclosed in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission this week that it paid approximately $205 million for the acquisition of Accuri Cytometers in March.

Genewiz said this week that it has received Quality Management System certification from the International Organization for Standardization for its Suzhou, China operation. The firm provides DNA sequencing, gene synthesis, and other molecular biology services.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.