U.S. Patent Nos. 7,955,840 and 7,955,841 describe unique approaches to thermal cycling for PCR where expandable bladder heaters and small volumes of circulating liquid are used to perform rapid thermal cycles in different types of reaction chambers. Together, these patents protect the Company’s use of its pioneering approach to thermal cycling. The patents are owned by Akonni Biosystems.
According to Kevin Banks, Ph.D., Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Akonni, “These patents expand Akonni’s intellectual property position in the field of using microarray-based approaches for rapidly identifying infections and diagnosing disease.” Banks adds, “The use of this novel approach for thermal cycling gives Akonni a unique ability to rapidly amplify nucleic acid and detect disease biomarkers within a single reaction chamber on a microarray. When used in combination with our TruTip technology for rapid nucleic acid extraction, this will facilitate the development of our next generation of systems for low cost multiplex genetic testing in point-of-care settings."