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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.


The former commissioner of the FDA has returned to the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates as a special partner on the healthcare investment team.

Astronauts have edited yeast genes on the International Space Station in an experiment designed to show how cells repair themselves in space.

Emory University has found that two of its researchers failed to divulge they had received funds from China, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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