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Metabolon Awarded a Series of Metabolomics Method Patents


Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Offers Exclusivity in the Area of Disease Biomarker Discovery

Research Triangle Park, NC -- Metabolon, Inc., the leader in metabolomics-driven biomarker discovery and analysis, today announced that it has been awarded a series of broad patents covering the use of metabolomics for disease biomarker discovery.

These newly issued patents contain claims covering the use of metabolomics methods to identify small molecule biomarkers that are indicative of disease states. These issuances expand Metabolon’s current patent portfolio which is focused on the use of metabolomics in disease diagnosis, treatment and drug discovery as well as biomarkers associated with specific diseases and the platform technology related to biochemical profiling.

"We believe Metabolon has developed the industry’s leading patent portfolio with 60 issued patents and patents in prosecution in the field of metabolomics," said Metabolon’s Chief Executive, John Ryals. "Our IP estate gives our commercial services business an important competitive advantage with exclusivity in the use of metabolomics for the identification of disease biomarkers and may be of great value to us in potential diagnostic applications."

Metabolon’s previously issued patents include the use of metabolomics for determining biomarkers for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Huntington's Disease, depression and schizophrenia as well as patents relating to software designed for analyzing metabolomics data. Metabolon is also the exclusive license holder of the Daouk-Kristal patent family which is comprised of early, pioneering patents and patent applications which provide fundamental IP in the field of metabolomics.

The patents most recently awarded to Metabolon are US Patent 7,550,258; US Patent 7,550,260 and US Patent 7,553,616.

About Metabolon

Metabolon is a diagnostics and services company offering the industry’s leading biochemical profiling platform. Metabolon’s patented platform provides a global analysis of complex biological samples for the discovery of markers and pathways associated with drug action and disease. This metabolomics-driven approach enables the identification of biomarkers useful for the development of a wide range of diagnostics and provides insight into complex biochemical processes such as drug action, toxicology and bioprocess optimization. For more information about Metabolon, please visit www.metabolon.com.



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