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Peter Rogan has been awarded US Patent No. 8,527,207, "Accurate identification of organisms based on individual information content."
Rogan is a professor of biochemistry at the University of Western Ontario.

Panasonic of Osaka, Japan, has received US Patent No. 8,475,646, "Biosensor, thin film electrode forming method, quantification apparatus, and quantification method." The provided biosensor includes two pairs of electrodes in a specimen supply path.

Samsung Electronics of Seoul, South Korea, has received US Patent No. 8,469,492, "Method of printing droplet using capillary electric charge concentration." The method relies on a capillary nozzle that consists of a back end and a front end.

Micronics (Sony) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,431,389, "Portable high-gain fluorescence detection system."
Frederick Battrell and Troy Daiber are named as inventors.

The University of Washington has been awarded US Patent No. 8,420,325, "Thermostable polymerases having altered fidelity and methods of identifying and using same."
Lawrence Loeb, Leroy Hood, and Motoshi Suzuki are named as inventors.

Samsung Electronics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,386,191, "Method for quantifying initial concentration of nucleic acid from real-time nucleic acid amplification data."
Kak Namkoong, Jin-tae Kim, Young-sun Lee, and Young-a Kim are named as inventors.

Quest Diagnostics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,346,485, "Methods and apparatuses for estimating initial target nucleic acid concentration in a sample by modeling background signal and cycle-dependent amplification efficiency of a polymerase chain reaction."

Illumina of San Diego has received US Patent No.

Genera Biosystems has been awarded US Patent No. 8,278,429, "Oligonucleotide amplification primers for targeting oncogenic HPV."
Daniel Park, Zaheer Khan, and Karl Poetter are named as inventors.

Gen-Probe (Hologic) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,275,556, "Method of quantifying polynucleotides using a stored calibration curve."
James Carrick is named as inventor on the patent.

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