SurModics Inc., a provider of drug delivery and surface modification technologies to the healthcare industry, and NuPathe Inc., a neuroscience-focused specialty pharmaceutical company, announced in November that they signed a license agreement for NP201, the first long-acting treatment available in broadly acceptable dose form that maintains the potential to provide sustained relief from Parkinson’s disease without motor response complications.
Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. has launched the iScript RT-qPCR Sample Preparation Reagent for rapid isolation of total RNA and enabling reverse transcription and real-time PCR to be performed directly from cell lysates.
Is Bilski important? Some estimates say as many as 200,000 patents could be invalidated if Bilski is held to strictly apply to all method patents. For the biotech industry, the decision has significant ramifications for the patentability of many inventions, particularly diagnostics and personalized medicine.