Eugene, OR, United States
Eugene, OR, United States

Life Technologies is a global biotechnology company headquartered in Carlsbad, California. It possesses a portfolio of more than 9 million genetic research assays and custom solutions. As of 2011, the company had sales of $3.7 billion, employed a workforce of approximately 11,000, maintained a portfolio of more than 4,000 patents and exclusive licenses, and markets over 50,000 products. Wikipedia.


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Life Technologies | Date: 2016-09-15

A thermal block assembly for use in a biological analysis system includes a sample block, a heating and cooling element, a heat sink including a surface, the surface including a plurality of projections for engaging the heating and cooling element to hold the heating and cooling element on the heat sink. A thermal block assembly for use in a biological analysis system includes a heating and cooling element, a sample block including a lower surface configured to be thermally coupled to the heating and cooling element, one or more temperature sensors configured to extend through the one or more slots of the lower surface of the sample block, and one or more thermal pads between the one or more temperature sensors and heating and cooling element.


Patent
Life Technologies | Date: 2016-09-08

A fluidic interconnect includes a first interface including a liquid port, a gas port, and a cradle; a second interface including a liquid port, a gas port, and a swing bar to engage the cradle, a weight of a container attached to one of the first or second interfaces to drive the liquid port of the first interface into connection with the liquid port of the second interface and the gas port of the first interface into connection with the gas port of the second interface.


Patent
Life Technologies | Date: 2016-11-10

The invention provides a passive fluidics circuit for directing different fluids to a common volume, such as a reaction chamber or flow cell, without intermixing or cross contamination. The direction and rate of flow through junctions, nodes and passages of the fluidics circuit are controlled by the states of upstream valves (e.g. opened or closed), differential fluid pressures at circuit inlets or upstream reservoirs, flow path resistances, and the like. Free diffusion or leakage of fluids from unselected inlets into the common outlet or other inlets at junctions or nodes is prevented by the flow of the selected inlet fluid, a portion of which sweeps by the inlets of unselected fluids and exits the fluidics circuit by waste ports, thereby creating a barrier against undesired intermixing with the outlet flow through leakage or diffusion. The invention is particularly advantageous in apparatus for performing sensitive multistep reactions, such as pH-based DNA sequencing reactions.


Patent
Life Technologies | Date: 2016-09-26

The present invention relates to compounds that are substrates for an enzyme, and upon reaction with the enzyme provide a detectable response, such as an optically detectable response. In particular, the compounds have utility in detecting the presence of a -lactamase in a sample. In addition to the compounds, methods are disclosed for analyzing a sample for the presence of a -lactmase, for example, as an indicator of expression of a nucleic acid sequence including a sequence coding for a -lactmase. Kits are disclosed that include the disclosed compounds and additional components, for example, cells, antibodies, a -lactmase or instructions for using the components in an assay.


Patent
Life Technologies | Date: 2016-08-10

Contaminants are filtered from a fluid flow stream and the filter is regenerated by a process including steps of: providing a filter material comprising both carbon and potassium iodide; passing a contaminated fluid stream in contact with the filter material; adsorbing contaminants from the fluid stream onto surfaces in the filter material; passing an electric current through the filter material with adsorbed contaminant thereon; disassociating contaminant from the surfaces of the filter material; and removing disassociated contaminant from the filter material by carrying away the disassociated contaminant in a fluid flow mass.


Patent
Life Technologies | Date: 2016-09-08

A clamp device includes a frame; a carriage slidably engaged with the frame and including a receptacle to receive a cartridge including fluidics ports and electronic contacts, the carriage slidable between an open position and a closed position; a fluidics interface to engage the fluidics ports of the cartridge when the carriage is in a closed position; an electronic interface to engage the electronic contacts of the cartridge when the carriage is in the closed position; a driver to draw the fluidics interface and the electronic interface together, the cartridge secured between the electronic interface and the fluidics interface; and a sensor system to detect the presence of the cartridge in the receptacle and configured to prevent the driver from drawing the fluidics interface and electronic interface together when the cartridge is absent.


Patent
Life Technologies | Date: 2017-03-15

A method of obtaining a more accurate estimate of a signal correction parameter(s) in sequencing-by-synthesis operations, such as incomplete extension rates, carry forward rates, and/or signal droop rates. The sequencing operation produces signal data. A model is constructed to simulate a population of template strands as it undergoes the sequencing process and becomes divided into different phase-states as the sequencing-by-synthesis progresses. For example, the model may be a phase-state model. The output from the model is used to adjust the signal correction parameter(s). For example, the model may be fitted to the signal data. This fitting results in a more accurate estimate of the signal correction parameter(s). In another embodiment, the signal droop rate is modeled as a decaying function and this decaying function is fitted to the signal data to obtain an improved estimate of the signal droop rate.


Patent
Life Technologies | Date: 2017-02-01

The present teachings relate to the extraction of nucleic acid from solid materials. Provided are useful compositions, methods and kits for obtaining nucleic acids from a solid biological sample or an adhesive material having a biological material adherent or embedded within the adhesive substrate. The extracted nucleic acid can be used in downstream applications such as genotyping, detection, quantification, and identification of the source of the biological material.


Novel methods of generating a localized population of immobilized clonal amplicons on a support are provided.


A composition comprising a thermostable DNA polymerase; and a PCR inhibitor blocking agent, wherein the PCR inhibitor blocking agent is present in an amount effective to enhance tolerance of an assembled PCR to a PCR inhibitor.

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