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Sigma-Aldrich, Oxford BioMedica and Open Biosystems Settle Patent Dispute Over Use of LentiVector Technology in Research Reagents
Date:3/7/2008


ST. LOUIS, March 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

From: Jai P. Nagarkatti, President and CEO

Sigma-Aldrich (Nasdaq: SIAL), Oxford BioMedica (LSE: OXB) and Open Biosystems, Inc., a privately held corporation, have jointly announced a confidential settlement of their patent litigation. Sigma-Aldrich and Oxford BioMedica agreed to dismiss the lawsuit brought against Open Biosystems. Open Biosystems agreed to dismiss its counterclaims in the lawsuit. As part of the settlement Open Biosystems will acquire certain license rights under the Oxford BioMedica patents for use of the LentiVector technology in research activities. Other details of the agreement have not been disclosed

About Sigma-Aldrich: Sigma-Aldrich is a leading Life Science and High Technology company. Its biochemical and organic chemical products and kits are used in scientific and genomic research, biotechnology, pharmaceutical development, the diagnosis of disease and as key components in pharmaceutical and other high technology manufacturing. The Company has customers in life science companies, university and government institutions, hospitals, and in industry. Over one million scientists and technologists use its products. Sigma-Aldrich operates in 36 countries and has 7,900 employees providing excellent service worldwide. Sigma-Aldrich is committed to Accelerating Customer Success through Leadership in Life Science, High Technology and Service.

About Oxford BioMedica plc: Oxford BioMedica (LSE: OXB) is a biopharmaceutical company specializing in cancer immunotherapy and gene-based therapies. The Company was established in 1995, as a spin-out from Oxford University, and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. The Company has a platform of gene d
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