biochips

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – New molecular diagnostics platform firm InSilixa has completed a $13 million private financing round.

Fluidigm of South San Francisco, Calif., has received US Patent No.

By Justin Petrone
The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology has established a new resource to help companies develop microfluidic devices, including biochips.

Companies developing array- or biochip-based molecular diagnostics received a shot in the arm earlier this month under the Internal Revenue Service's $1 billion Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project program.

While the majority of the new funding will support genome-wide association studies, also benefiting from the federal stimulus package are research projects focused on copy number-variation analysis, gene expression, and bioinformatics.

Released this week as a product and a service that uses either catalog or custom arrays, HybSelect initially targets users of the Illumina Genome Analyzer who want to sequence up to 9.5 megabases of genomic DNA.

The company is looking to differentiate itself from other players in the miRNA array market — such as Agilent Technologies, Life Technologies, Exiqon, and Febit — by stressing the "quality, performance, and affordability" of its OneArray platform.

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Febit, DNAStar, Premier Biosoft

Febit plans to debut the method at Cambridge Healthtech Institute's Next-Generation Sequencing conference in San Diego next month.

Funding Update

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Recent NSF Awards in Proteomics and Protein Research

Oxford Nanopore Technologies is looking into dual listings in London and Hong Kong, according to the South China Morning Post.

US lawmakers proposed increasing the National Science Foundation budget, including its facilities account, Science reports.

The New York Times looks into medical research funding in the US and how the grant system might not be funding the best work.

In PNAS this week: effects of gene deletions on bacterial metabolic networks, genetic responses to sea star wasting disease, and more.