HandyLab has been awarded

Fluidigm has been awarded US Patent No. 8,473,216, "Method and program for performing baseline correction of amplification curves in a PCR experiment."
Gang Sun, Ramesh Ramakrishnan, and Robert Jones are named as inventors.

ABgene (Thermo Fisher) of Surrey, UK, has been awarded US Patent No. D679,830, "PCR multiwell plate."
Simon May, Jeffrey Coulling, Clive Harrison, and Nicola Burbidge are named as inventors.

Becton Dickinson has been awarded US Patent No. 8,324,364, "Compositions and methods for the identification of a carbapenemase gene."
Craig Whiteford and Charles Yu are named as inventors.

Gen-Probe (Hologic) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,275,556, "Method of quantifying polynucleotides using a stored calibration curve."
James Carrick is named as inventor on the patent.

This story has been updated from a previous version to include information about BD's ongoing assay-development partnership with Diagenode.

Roche has been awarded US Patent No. 8,219,366, "Determination of elbow values for PCR for parabolic shaped curves;" and US Patent No. 8,219,324, "Real-time PCR elbow calling by equationless algorithm."

Columbia University of New York has received US Patent No. 8,133,492, "Pneumococcus polysaccharide-related vaccines." Nitrocellulose-based or hydrogel-based microarrays and methods of making them are claimed.

HandyLab (Becton Dickinson) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,088,616, "Heater unit for microfluidic diagnostic system."
Kalyan Handique is named as inventor on the patent.

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has been awarded US Patent No. 7,999,092, "Amplicon rescue multiplex polymerase chain reaction for amplification of multiple targets."
Jian Han is named as the inventor on the patent.


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