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Major Improvements in Microarrays. Patents for Auction. ICAP Patent Brokerage Announces for Auction Patented Techniques for Increased Detection Sensitivity, Improved Accuracy, Efficiency, and Throughput

June 25, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, June 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — ICAP Patent Brokerage, a division of ICAP plc and the world’s largest intellectual property brokerage firm and organizer of ICAP Ocean Tomo Auctions, is offering for auction patented techniques for increased detection sensitivity, improved accuracy, efficiency, and throughput. The lot will be included in the 16th ICAP Ocean Tomo IP Auction on July 26, 2012, at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco, California.

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“We are excited to be offering this patent technology lot for auction to our global buyer base.” Dean Becker, CEO, ICAP Patent Brokerage, ICAP Ocean Tomo Auctions.

Key Characteristics & Benefits
This patent portfolio discloses a number of patented techniques for improved microarray operation and performance.

#1 improves detection sensitivity through improved surface activation.

  • Surface of a solid support used in microarrays is activated by oxidation of chemical groups (e.g., olefinic groups) present upon this surface.
  • This activation allows the formation of aldehyde functions at the surface, which are suitable for covalent coupling (binding or linkage) with biological or chemical molecules.
  • The disclosed microarray has increased detection sensitivity (increased coupling yield, rate of reaction, etc.) for target molecules, and can be used in preparation of high efficiency biochips or chemochips.

#2 discloses a modular array design of carrier and insert.

  • The arrays include a carrier and an insert joined together in a fixed orientation.
  • Further, the insert has a section that bears the sample to be examined.
  • Therefore, a user can arrange the microarray on site in modular form.
  • This obviates observational errors arising earlier due to false orientation of the insert.

#3 discloses techniques for identifying and quantifying different sets of target molecules in a biological sample.

  • Sets of target molecules are made to bind with different sets of capture molecules present on the microarray.
  • Signals are obtained from various locations of capture molecules located on the support surface.
  • Signals indicate binding between various sets of target and capture molecules.
  • Signal intensities from various locations on the microarray allow identification and quantification of the organisms or target molecules.

Market Potential
An important portfolio for companies that make medical lab equipment.

To learn more about the assets available for sale in this portfolio:
Contact John Pryor of ICAP Patent Brokerage at + 44(0)7857-885-131 or John.Pryor@icap.com

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