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Bioelectrics Patent Expanded to Europe

The initial patent which sparked ODU's involvement in the world of bioelectrics was recently extended to Europe.

The patented technology, titled "Method and Apparatus for Intracelluar Electro-manipulation," is the cornerstone of all research done at the of the Frank Reidy Center for Bioelectrics. It was developed by Karl Schoenbach, Batten Endowed Chair for Bioelectrics at Old Dominion University and director of the center, Stephen J. Beebe; and E. Stephen Buescher. The original patent was awarded in 2002.

"The granting of this patent documents and recognizes the pioneering work being done at the Center for Bioelectrics," said Schoenbach. "It further validates our claim of being internationally recognized at the forefront of this field."

This patent is also co-owned by the Eastern Virginia Medical School. Using high-powered electrical pulses, researchers have been able to manipulate life on a cellular level, creating the foundation for fighting cancerous cells and other breakthroughs. The patent ensures all intellectual developments and advancement are protected from competitors.

This article was posted on: March 12, 2008

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