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Enigma Diagnostics Announces Patent On Real-Time Monitoring of Amplification Reactions Upheld In Entirety Following Opposition From BD at European Patent Office
Date:6/16/2009

PORTON DOWN, England, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Enigma Diagnostics Limited, the decentralised and point-of-care molecular diagnostics company, announced today it was issued European Patent EP1044283, which covers the use of endonuclease-based reporting in PCR and other nucleic acid amplification technologies. Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) had filed a claim in opposition to this patent which was rejected by the European Patent Office at a proceeding in Munich on May 28.

The patent is part of a substantial portfolio of intellectual property exclusively licensed to Enigma Diagnostics by the Secretary of State for Defence. The technology involves the use of a thermostable endonuclease to cut a probe that recognises a specific sequence in the target amplification product. The system may be applied to a wide variety of molecular diagnostic applications including the rapid detection of viral and bacterial pathogens.

Enigma Diagnostics has developed products that completely automate the PCR process including sample extraction, amplification and analysis for application at the point-of-care by non-laboratory operators.

John McKinley, CEO of Enigma Diagnostics, stated: "The maintenance of this key patent secures and supports the further development of Enigma's intellectual property portfolio."

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    Enigma Diagnostics
    Deborah Cordingley
    deborah.cordingley@enigmadiagnostics.com
    +44 1980 590131

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    212-827-0020
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    gtiberend@rlcinc.com
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