US Patent No. 8,889,596

Methods of bead manipulation and forming bead arrays
Nov 21, 2014

Life Technologies (Thermo Fisher) has been awarded US Patent No. 8,889,596, "Methods of bead manipulation and forming bead arrays."

George Fry, Christina Inman, John Bridgham, Timothy Hunkapiller, and Charles Vann are named as the inventors.

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