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IP Watch: Hologic, Fluidigm, Thermo Fisher, Affymetrix, SUNY Win US Patents

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Gen-Probe (Hologic) has also been awarded US Patent No. 8,828,654, "Methods for manipulating liquid substances in multi-chambered receptacles."

Norman Nelson and Gianluca Roma are named as inventors.

Gen-Probe has also been awarded US Patent No. 8,828,660, "Compositions, reaction mixtures, and methods for detecting nucleic acids from multiple types of human papillomavirus."

Sylvia Norman, Jennifer Bungo, William Hanna, and Neeraj Rao are named as inventors.


Fluidigm has been awarded US Patent No. 8,828,663, "Thermal reaction device and method for using the same."

Marc Unger, Lincoln McBride, Geoffrey Facer, Michael Lucero, and Hany Nassef are named as inventors.


Applied Biosystems (Thermo Fisher Scientific) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,828,664, "Sample preparation for in situ nucleic acid analysis, methods, and compositions therefor."

Richard Fekete and Annalee Nguyen are named as inventors.


Affymetrix has been awarded US Patent No. 8,828,688, "Multiplex amplification methods."

Eugeni Namsarev is named as the inventor.


Life Technologies (Thermo Fisher Scientific) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,828,700, "SSB-polymerase fusion proteins."

Jun Lee, Robert Potter, and David Mandelman are named as inventors.


The Research Foundation for the State University of New York has been awarded US Patent No. 8,831,887, "Absolute PCR quantification."

Vera Gorfinkel and Boris Gorbovitski are named as inventors.

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