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IP Watch: Cascade Biosystems, Thermo Fisher, Siemens, Others Win US Patents

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Johns Hopkins University has been awarded US Patent No. 8,865,401, "Purification and concentration of proteins and DNA from a complex sample using isotachophoresis and a device to perform the purification."

Charles Young, Alex Proescher, and Emily Smith are named as inventors.


Applied Biosystems (Thermo Fisher Scientific) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,865,405, "Compositions and methods of selective nucleic acid isolation."

Douglas Bost and Lawrence Greenfield are named as inventors.


Cascade Biosystems has been awarded US Patent No. 8,865,407, "Detecting nucleic acid."

Kenneth Smith, Nina Yazvenko, and Mariya Smit are named as inventors.


Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,865,457, "Active, micro-well thermal control subsystem."

Jim Polaniec, David Lapeus, Tim Greszler, Frank Klingshirn, Chris Sturges, and Matt Schmidt are named as inventors.


Life Technologies (Thermo Fisher Scientific) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,865,904, "Fluorescent chemical compounds having high selectivity for double stranded DNA, and methods for their use."

Jolene Bradford, Ching-Ying Cheung, Shih-Jung Huang, Patrick Pinson, and Stephen Yue are named as inventors.

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