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Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Gen-Probe, Life Technologies, CalTech, and Akonni Biosystems are awarded US patents.

Population Diagnostics, Akonni Biosystems, Luminex, Qiagen, Illumina, and others awarded US patents.

People in the News: Jun 7, 2011


Jan Smilek, John Quackenbush, Bob Carter, Carlos Cordon-Cardo, Keith Flaherty

People in the News: Jun 2, 2011


Akonni Biosystems appoints Jan Smilek as CFO; James Robb joins Biomatrica's SAB.

The companies plan to combine Akonni's TruArray gel-drop microarray platform with Seegene's Dual Priming Oligo multiplex PCR technology in a bid to deliver a low-cost molecular diagnostics system.

The firms will combine their technologies to develop molecular diagnostic tests for infectious pathogens that cause respiratory diseases.

The agreement provides Akonni access to nucleic acid sequences, primers, and probes for several important biothreat agents, which it will incorporate into molecular tests on its TruArray and TruSentry platforms.

Akonni plans to use the content to develop products to expand its market presence beyond detection of infectious diseases, including global biosecurity.

Product Watch: Feb 3, 2011


RainDance's DeepSeq FFPE solution, Akonni Biosystems' TruSentry system; and New England Biolabs' NEBNext Small RNA Sample Prep Set 1 and 3.

Product Watch: Jan 20, 2011


Akonni's TruTip genomic DNA extraction kit; Promega's ReliaPrep Blood and Tissue gDNA miniprep systems.


Public health experts call for a transparent COVID-19 vaccine approval process in a letter; the Food and Drug Administration commissioner assures science-based approval.

The Verge reports that new gene-naming guidelines aim in part to avoid Excel-related name change confusion.

In Nature this week: tuatara genome sequence aids in understanding amniote evolution, and more.

According to the Guardian, UK virologists say in a letter to officials that their expertise has been pushed aside in COVID-19 response plans.