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IP Watch: Abbott, Roche, BioMérieux, Others Win US Patents

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Rosetta Genomics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,822,144, "Compositions and methods for prognosis and treatment of prostate cancer."

Ayelet Chajut and Shai Rosenwald are named as inventors.


The University of Chicago has been awarded US Patent No. 8,822,148, "Method of performing PCR reaction in continuously flowing microfluidic plugs."

Rustem Ismagliov, Joshua Tice, Cory Gerdts, and Bo Zheng are named as inventors.


Rapid Pathogen Screening has been awarded US Patent No. 8,822,151, "Lateral flow nucleic acid detector."

Robert Sambursky, Uma Babu, and Robert VanDine are named as inventors.


BioMérieux has been awarded US Patent No. 8,822,152, "Multiplex nucleic acid amplification using blocked primers."

Paul van de Wiel, Birgit Deiman, and Dianne van Strijp are named as inventors.


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The University of Utah have been awarded US Patent No. 8,822,153, "Molecular diagnosis and typing of lung cancer variants."

David Hayes, Charles Perou, and Philip Bernard are named as inventors.


Expression Analytics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,822,154, "Method for synthesizing DNA strand."

Arto Orpana is named as the inventor.


The Johns Hopkins University has been awarded US Patent No. 8,822,155, "Quantitative multiplex methylation-specific PCR."

Saraswati Sukumar, Mary Jo Fackler, and Theresa Swift-Scanlan are named as inventors.


Ibis Biosciences (Abbott) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,822,156, "Methods for rapid identification of pathogens in humans and animals."

David Ecker, Richard Griffey, Rangarajan Sampath, Steven Hofstadler, John McNeil, Stanley Crooke, Lawrence Blyn, Raymond Ranken, and Thomas Hall are named as inventors.


Roche has been awarded US Patent No. 8,822,158, "Miniaturized, high-throughput nucleic acid analysis."

Thomas Froehlich, Dieter Heindl, Angelika Roesler, and Tobias Heckel are named as inventors.


Applied Biosystems (Thermo Fisher Scientific) and The US Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded US Patent No. 8,822,183, "Device for amplifying target nucleic acid."

James Brown and Jonathan Silver are named as inventors.


Life Technologies (Thermo Fisher Scientific) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,822,673, "Methods of using FET labeled oligonucleotides that include a 3'-5' exonuclease resistant quencher domain and compositions for practicing the same."

Quin Chou and Dragan Spasic are named as inventors.

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