CODA Genomics Announces Issuance of Optimized Synthetic Gene Production Patent
News Sep 07, 2007
CODA Genomics has announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office has issued US Patent 7,262,031 to its two founding scientists, University of California, Irvine (UCI) professors, Richard H. Lathrop and G. Wesley Hatfield.
The technology was developed under an Information Technology Research grant from the National Science Foundation jointly in the School of Medicine and the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at UCI. The Company has licensed this patent exclusively from the UCI’s Office of Technology Assessment (OTA).
US Patent 7,262,031 entitled, “Method for Producing a Synthetic Gene or Other DNA Sequence,” teaches how to use a global (across all possible correct and incorrect gene assemblies) optimization method for the choice of DNA code to make a given protein. Properly chosen DNA enables the thermodynamically controlled self-assembly of only the desired DNA product(s). The synthetic gene is simultaneously optimized for many other parameters that affect the successful use of the gene to make protein efficiently in any desired biological system.
Robert J Molinari, Ph.D., CODA’s CEO said, “This broad protection of CODA’s breakthrough technology will allow the company to aggressively market its high-yielding Hot- Rod™ genes, and other optimized gene variant sets. For the customer, it allows a scaleable way to test a large number of gene and protein variants for desirable properties.”
As the world struggles to meet the increasing demand for energy, coupled with the rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere from deforestation and the use of fossil fuels, photosynthesis in nature simply cannot keep up with the carbon cycle. In a recent paper, researchers report significant progress in optimizing systems that mimic the first stage of photosynthesis, capturing and harnessing light energy from the sun.