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.

An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.