Population Genetics Technologies

The HIV test is the first of several NGS-based infectious disease tests the company plans to develop, with a hepatitis C virus test following close behind.

The tests will use PGT's VeriTag technology in order to detect drug-resistant mutations at the .1 percent level. 

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Population Genetics Technologies today said that it has exclusively licensed patent rights covering its VeriTag technology to Agilent Technologies.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Population Genetics Technologies has assigned to New England Biolabs the exclusive rights to a patent covering methods related to next-generation sequencing library preparation, the two firms said today.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sequenom said this week that the California Technology Assessment Forum has completed an independent evaluation of the cell-free fetal DNA technology used in the Sequenom Center for Molecular Medicine's MaterniT21 Plus laboratory-developed test.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Population Genetics Technologies said today that it has partnered with the University of Cambridge's Autism Research Centre to study variants in two genes that previously have been associated with Asperger syndrome.

Fluidigm of South San Francisco, Calif., has received US Patent No. 8,168,139, "Recirculating fluidic network and methods for using the same." The patent provides a variety of microfluidic devices and methods for conducting assays and syntheses.

The deal gives Quintiles access to PGT’s genomic data-analysis technology, and is in line with Quintiles' ongoing efforts to expand its pharmacogenomics research capabilities.

The companies' first project will be a renal cancer clinical trial for an undisclosed Quintiles client. The partners aim to identify genetic markers that are predictive of adverse events and efficacy.

The firms will jointly identify opportunities to apply large-scale genomic analyses to test clinical hypotheses and correlate biomarkers of disease prognosis and drug responsiveness.


Robert Redfield is floated as the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington Post reports.

The New York Times writes that the National Institutes of Health's All of Us Research Program is "ambitious" and that some are concerned it might be overly so.

Representative Lamar Smith's criticism of the National Science Foundation has "changed the nature of the conversation," according to ScienceInsider.

In PLOS this week: non-coding RNA function in yeast, transcriptomic profiles of malaria parasites, and more.