FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Frederick, MD — August 5, 2010 — Akonni Biosystems, a developer of low-cost, multiplex molecular diagnostic testing systems, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent on July 20, 2010 for its method for rapidly purifying nucleic acids. U.S. Patent No. 7,759,112 entitled, “Apparatus, system, and method for purifying nucleic acids” protects the Company’s use of its pioneering nucleic acid binding matrix when inserted into a pipette tip, tubing or cartridge for nucleic acid purification. The patent is owned by Akonni Biosystems.
“This patent solidifies Akonni’s intellectual property position in the nearly 700 million dollar nucleic acid extraction market. We believe the use of this methodology has the potential to change the health care industry and impact the identification and treatment of disease by reducing the time it takes to obtain PCR-ready material from clinical samples to just a few minutes.” said Dr. Phil Belgrader, Vice President of Research and Development at Akonni. “This methodology is available today in Akonni’s TruTip product line, where the more rapid extraction of nucleic acids is already accelerating the identification of influenza and cancer markers, speeding genetics research and drug discovery, and even helping solve forensics cases faster.”
TruTip Extraction Kits were released to the market last November and are the latest products by Akonni Biosystems to be protected by a U.S. Patent. When used with Mettler Toledo RAININ EDP 3-Plus Advanced Electronic Pipettes with LTS, TruTip Extraction Kits are not only fast and easy to use, but will concentrate DNA/RNA on the order of 5 to 20 fold and offer the same yield and purity as traditional methods without requiring any major capital equipment. TruTip Extractions Kits are also available for Eppendorf’s epMotion liquid handling systems when ultra- rapid, hands-free automation and sample throughput from 16 to 384 extractions per day is important.
For more information please visit http://www.akonni.com.
Akonni Biosystems was founded in 2003 and has over 20 patents issued with over 30 patent applications pending around the world. The company’s revolutionary technology is based on work developed at Argonne National Laboratory and the Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology and utilizes gel-drop array technologies optimized for medical applications. Supported by a series of government grants and contracts from NIH, CDC, DOE, DOD, NIJ, and NSF, the company has significantly advanced the original technology by improving the system’s capabilities from sample preparation to final result. Commercial products and products in its near-term pipeline include rapid sample preparation methodologies for nucleic acid extraction and multiplex panel assays for detecting multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), upper respiratory infections, viral encephalitis, and hospital-acquired infections (MRSA).
TruDiagnosis Systems, TruDx Readers, TruArray Tests, TruTip Kits, Primers, Lysis and Binding Buffers, Wash Buffers and Elution Buffers: For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures. No claim or representation is intended to provide information for the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of a disease.