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IP Update: Recent Patents Awarded to Devgen, Sanofi, Venganza, and More

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Title: Method of Treating Malignant Mesothelioma

Patent Number: 8,771,688

Filed: Feb. 7, 2012

Lead Inventor: Chikao Morimoto, University of Tokyo


Title: Method and Constructs for Delivering Double-stranded RNA to Pest Organisms

Patent Number: 8,772,254

Filed: Oct. 25, 2005

Lead Inventor: Thierry Bogaert, Devgen (Syngenta)


Title: Cell-transfecting Formulations of Small Interfering RNA-related Compositions and Methods of Making and Use

Patent Number: 8,772,255

Filed: March 21, 2008

Lead Inventor: Timothy Burkoth, Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics


Title: Single-walled Carbon Nanotube/siRNA Complexes and Methods Related Thereto

Patent Number: 8,772,258

Filed: July 1, 2011

Lead Inventor: D. Lynn Kirkpatrick, Ensysce Biosciences


Title: Preventive or Therapeutic Agent for Fibrosis

Patent Number: 8,772,262

Filed: Oct. 14, 2011

Lead Inventor: Esteban Gabazza, Otsuka Pharmaceutical


Title: Synthetic Double-stranded Oligonucleotides for Specific Inhibiting on Gene Expression

Patent Number: 8,772,469

Filed: July 11, 2002

Lead Inventor: Eugen Uhlmann, Sanofi


Title: Compositions and Methods for Treatment of Prostate and Other Cancers

Patent Number: 8,772,470

Filed: Nov. 30, 2007

Lead Inventor: Martin Gleave, University of British Columbia


Title: Targeted Delivery of siRNA

Patent Number: 8,772,471

Filed: Jan. 25, 2008

Lead Inventor: Premlata Shankar, Immune Disease Institute (Harvard Medical School)


Title: siRNA Conjugate and Preparation Method Thereof

Patent Number: 8,772,472

Filed: Sept. 13, 2012

Lead Inventor: Bo Ram Han, Bioneer


Title: Methods and Materials for Conferring Resistance to Pests and Pathogens of Plants

Patent Number: 8,772,572

Filed: April 22, 2013

Inventor: Charles Niblett, Venganza

The Scan

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To See Future Risk

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PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.