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Biosearch has granted a license to its Black Hole Quencher, CAL Fluor, and Quasar patents to DuPont Qualicon; and will manufacture Scorpions primer oligonucleotides for DuPont for use in food safety diagnostics.

In addition to licensing patents to DuPont, Biosearch will manufacture Scorpions primer oligonucleotides for DuPont's use in food diagnostics.

The Applied Research and Technology Development Award is the single largest amount of non-dilutive funding received by Micronics to date and will help the company add to the menu of tests under development for PanNAT, the company's portable system for nucleic acid amplification-based point-of-care testing.

Biosearch has licensed to Seegene patents covering its CAL Fluor and Quasar fluorophores and BHQ dark quencher dye; and will manufacture research- and in vitro diagnostic-grade oligonucleotides for Seegene.

The Korean molecular diagnostics firm has licensed patents covering Biosearch's BHQ, CAL Fluor, and Quasar technologies.

Last month the company won a similar award from DoD to develop qPCR-based assays for arbovirus pathogens.

The $750,000 grant from DoD will fund development of assays and analytes for PCR tests for rickettsial pathogens.

The firm will use the $800,000 grant to develop assays for pathogens prioritized by DoD and NIAID.

The cross-licensing agreement covers Qiagen's Scorpions technology and Biosearch's Black Hole Quencher dyes.

Biosearch can now manufacture, catalogue, and sell Scorpions primer assays into the research, applied, and infectious disease testing markets; while Qiagen receives worldwide rights to market labeled probes based on Biosearch's Black Hole Quencher dyes for qPCR assays in all applied testing and in vitro diagnostic fields.


Holden Thorp is to be the new editor-in-chief of Science and its related journals.

Adelaide University has suspended the head of an ancient DNA lab as its investigation of workplace bullying continues, Australia's ABC News reports.

A genetic analysis of salmon scales collected over the course of a century points to a sharp decline in the number of fish returning each year to river in British Columbia, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: gene expression profiles of adipocyte subtypes, computational approach for improving plant expressome analysis, and more.