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IP Watch: Life Tech, Qiagen, Agilent, Human Genetic Signatures, Others Win US Patents

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Philips has been awarded US Patent No. 8,683,877, "Microelectronic device with heating array."

Mark Johnson, David Fish, Marc Ponjee are named as inventors.


Shandong University, Shandong Shanda Hospital for Reproductive Medicine, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University have been awarded US Patent No. 8,685,647, "SNP markers associated with polycystic ovary syndrome."

Zi-Jiang Chen, Han Zhao, Lin He, Yongyong Shi, Jinlong Ma, Yueran Zhao, Ling Geng, and Li You are named as inventors.


The United States Navy has been awarded US Patent No. 8,685,649, "RT-LAMP assay for the detection of pan-serotype dengue virus."

Allison Dauner, Subhamoy Pal, and Shuenn-Jue Wu are named as inventors.


Human Genetic Signatures has been awarded US Patent No. 8,685,675, "Enzymes for amplification and copying bisulphite modified nucleic acids."

Douglas Millar is named as the inventor.


PathoGenetix has been awarded US Patent No. 8,685,708, "Device for preparing a sample."

John Harris, Adrian West, Dirk Ten Broeck, and Ekaterina Protozanova are named as inventors.


Canon has been awarded US Patent No. 8,685,712, "Apparatus for performing biochemical processing using a container with a plurality of wells and the container for the apparatus."

Hideaki Okamoto is named as the inventor.


Applied Biosystems (Life Technologies) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,685,717, "Thermal cycler for PCR."

John Atwood, Adrian Fawcett, Keith Ferrara, Paul Hetherington, Richard Noreiks, Douglas Olsen, John Widomski, and Charles Wittmer are named as inventors.


Qiagen has been awarded US Patent No. 8,685,742, "Apparatus and method for the more efficient isolation of nucleic acids."

Thorsten Singer is named as the inventor.


The Arizona Board of Regents has been awarded US Patent No. 8,685,747, "Porous materials for biological sample collection."

Frederic Zenhausern, Ralf Lenigk, James Kinder, and Jianing Yang are named as inventors.


Genisphere has been awarded US Patent No. 8,685,899, "Methods, reagents, and kits for detection of nucleic acid molecules."

Robert Getts, James Kadushin, and Jessica Bowers are named as inventors.


The Regents of the University of California have been awarded US Patent No. 8,685,929, "Detecting CYP24 expression level as a marker for predisposition to cancer."

Donna Albertson, Daniel Pinkel, Colin Collins, Joe Gray, and Bauke Ylstra are named as inventors.


Innogenetics has been awarded US Patent No. 8,686,126, "HBV drug resistance methods."

Abdurrahman Bozdayi is named as the inventor.


Agilent Technologies has been awarded US Patent No. 8,686,129, "Methods for the separation of biological molecules using sulfolane."

Jeffrey Braman, Lee Basehore, and Natalia Novoradovskaya are named as inventors.


Riken and Tagcyx Biotechnologies have been awarded US Patent No. 8,686,130, "Artificial fluorescent bases."

Ichiro Hirao, Michiko Hirao, Shigeyuki Yokoyama, and Tsuneo Mitsui are named as inventors.


The Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research has been awarded US Patent No. 8,688,385, "Methods for selecting initial doses of psychotropic medications based on a CYP2D6 genotype."

David Mrazek, Dennis O'Kane, and John Black are named as inventors.

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FarGen Phase One Sequences Exomes of Nearly 500 From Faroe Islands

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