After falling for three years in a row, mergers and acquisitions in the omics space rose sharply in 2015, driven by a few billion-dollar-plus deals.

The deal was completed on May 1, following the expiration of a tender offer in which Cellular Dynamics' shareholders tendered 90 percent of the company's common stock. 

The deal marries Cellular Dynamics' human cell line manufacturing with Fujifilm's recombinant peptide cell scaffolding offerings.

The California Institute of Technology of Pasadena has received US Patent No. 8,557,199, "Self-powered microfluidic devices, methods and systems." The claimed device consists of microfluidic channels and a pressure source for pumping reagents through the channels.

The UK's Medical Research Council has been awarded US Patent No. 8,435,775, "Mutant Pfu DNA polymerase."
Phillip Holliger, Nicola Ramsay, and Ann-Sofie Jemth are named as inventors.

The University of Washington has been awarded US Patent No. 8,420,325, "Thermostable polymerases having altered fidelity and methods of identifying and using same."
Lawrence Loeb, Leroy Hood, and Motoshi Suzuki are named as inventors.

Ehime University and Otsuka Pharmaceutical have been awarded US Patent No. 8,309,702, "Primers for detecting Plasmodium."
Takafumi Tsuboi and Eun-Taek Han are named as inventors.

Fluidigm of South San Francisco, Calif., has received US Patent No. 8,282,896, "Devices and methods for holding microfluidic devices." The patent claims a carrier for holding a microfluidic device.

New Product Watch


Asper Biotech's Sensorineural Hearing Loss Test, Fujifilm's DMP-5005 Materials Printer, BioForce Nanosciences' ProCleaner Plus

IP Roundup


California Institute of Technology, Canon, Krassen Dimitrov, Hitachi, Fujifilm, Receptors, Wayne State University, Affymetrix, Qimoda, Microsoft


The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

A team of researchers in Portugal has examined the genomic basis for racing pigeons' athleticism and navigational skills, finding it's likely polygenic.

Wired reports that diagnostic firms continue to seek, post-Theranos, the ability to diagnose diseases from small amounts of blood.

In Science this week: analysis of DNA from ancient North Africans, and more.