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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.


The nonprofit Biden Cancer Initiative is suspending its operations, according to the Associated Press.

Researchers examine how white nationalists handle personal genetic ancestry results that conflict with their racist worldview, the New York Times reports.

NPR speaks with research participants before and after they learn their APOE E4 status, which affects their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

In PLOS this week: genetic characterization of Toxoplasma gondii strains, Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus uncovered in Sudan, and more.