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IP Watch: Samsung, Agilent, Thermo Fisher, BioMérieux, Bio-Rad, Others Win US Patents


Samsung has been awarded US Patent No. 8,663,976, "Polymerase chain reaction apparatus."

Won-seok Chung, Kak Namkoong, and Joon-ho Kim are named as inventors.

Samsung was also awarded US Patent No. 8,664,377, "Method and apparatus for isolating nucleic acids."

Kyu-youn Hwang, Joon-ho Kim, and Kak Namkoong are named as inventors.

Agilent Technologies has been awarded US Patent No. 8,663,924, "Quantitative PCR-based method to predict the efficiency of target enrichment for next-generation sequencing using repetitive DNA elements (lines/sines) as negative controls."

Scott Happe and Joseph Ong are named as inventors.

Agilent was also awarded US Patent No. 8,664,164, "Probes for specific analysis of nucleic acids."

Olof Ericsson, Magnus Isaksson, Henrik Johansson, and Ulf Landegren are named as inventors.

Thermo Fisher Scientific has been awarded US Patent No. 8,663,925, "Method of preparing a reaction mixture and related products."

Jaakko Kurkela, Katja Eklin, and Sanna Uusivirta are named as inventors.

JNC Corporation has been awarded US Patent No. 8,664,152, "Porous cellulose gel, method for producing the same, and use thereof."

Yasuto Umeda, Yasuo Matsumoto, Masami Shiina, Masami Todokoro, and Yoshihiro Matsumoto are named as inventors.

BioMérieux has been awarded US Patent No. 8,663,923, "Detection probe."

Ali Laayoun and Eloy Bernal Mendez are named as inventors.

Bio-Rad has been awarded US Patent No. 8,663,920, "Library characterization by digital assay."

Serge Saxonov, Svilen Tzonev, Michael Lucero, Ryan Koehler, and Benjamin Hindson are named as inventors.

Integrated Nano-Technologies has been awarded US Patent No. 8,663,918, "Method and system for sample preparation."

Dennis Connolly, Charles DeBoer, Vera Tannous, Christopher Kilcoin, Konstantin Aptekarev, David Bailey, and Richard Murante are named as inventors.

Chinese Academy of Medical Services has been awarded US Patent No. 8,664,191, "Use of two microRNA molecules in lung cancer prognosis and medicine preparation."

Qimin Zhan, Luhua Wang, Nan Bi, Yongmei Song, Jianzhong Cao, and Wenyang Liu are named as inventors.

University of Louisville Research Foundation has been awarded US Patent No. 8,663,921, "Detecting fetal chromosomal abnormalities using tandem single-nucleotide polymorphisms."

Aoy Mitchell and Michael Mitchell are named as inventors.

Life Technologies has been awarded US Patent No. 8,663,919, "Chromosome conformation analysis."

Shoulian Dong, Junko Stevens, Chunmei Liu, Cora Woo, and Luz Montesclaros are named as inventors.

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Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing

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