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IP Update: Recent Patents Awarded to Third Wave, Merck, Whitehead Institute


Title: Detection of Small Nucleic Acids

Patent Number: 8,609,336

Filed: Feb. 7, 2012

Lead Inventor: James Dahlberg, Third Wave Technologies

Title: Methods and Compositions for RNA Interference

Patent Number: 8,609,830

Filed: May 17, 2004

Lead Inventor: Aimee Jackson, Merck

Title: Methods and Products for Expression of microRNAs

Patent Number: 8,609,832

Filed: Dec. 15, 2011

Lead Inventor: Chang-Zheng Chen, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

The Scan

Push Toward Approval

The Wall Street Journal reports the US Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to grant full approval to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Deer Exposure

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Millions But Not Enough

NPR reports the US is set to send 110 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad, but that billions are needed.

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