Microfluidic Systems

Pursuing what it sees as a burgeoning interest from investors and potential partners in increasingly smaller molecular diagnostic platforms, PositiveID has begun developing a battery-operated, handheld version of Dragonfly, its benchtop, cassette-based molecular testing system, t

Roche wins multiple US patents; Life Tech, Stanford, Medical Diagnostic Labs, PositiveID, and STMicroelectronics also awarded US patents.

The IP is assigned to Microfluidic Systems, which applied for the patent in September 2005 and is in the process of being acquired by PositiveID in a deal worth up to $8.2 million.

The deal, worth as much as $8.2 million, is expected to enable the medical-tech firm to expand into the biodefense and clinical diagnostics markets via MFSI's multiplexed molecular assays and automated, PCR-based sample-to-answer technology.

CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

Rare gene mutations are guiding the search for drugs to manage chronic pain without opioids, according to CNBC.

The new Francis Crick Institute building can get too noisy for some researchers to concentrate, according to the Guardian.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pipeline to analyze and visualize bacterial genomes, database of global set of human genomes, and more.