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PharmaSeq Receives U.S. Patent for Tagging Metal Pins with p-Chips for Natural History Collections

Monmouth Junction, NJ, May 6, 2016. PharmaSeq, Inc., announced today that it has received a U.S. patent (9,313,558) for “Tagging of Metal Pins for Mounted Objects with Light-Activated Microtransponders.” The patent covers the use of PharmaSeq’s p-Chip® technology for tagging and tracking specimens in entomological and similar collections. Wide scale adoption of p-Chips mounted on steel and plastic pins will facilitate the digitization of large volumes of data and provide researchers with the ability to rapidly sort through and locate specific information in large collections.

PharmaSeq collaborated with scientists at the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Black Rock (ACT), Australia, to develop the use of p-Chips with entomological pins. The goal of the work was to replace the traditional paper-tag labeling system with a system that uses digital identity numbers as a key for accessing all known specimen information. Together, the two institutions developed a breakthrough in the centuries-old design of insect mounting—permanently attaching to the head of each pin PharmaSeq’s 500 μm square, nearly indestructible p-Chip. Each p-Chip’s unique ID number becomes associated with its specimen’s complete description, which is stored in a database. Subsequent reading of the p-Chip ID via radio frequency is performed without physically handling the specimen, an important feature for maintaining specimen integrity. This system will allow, for the first time, a seamless, real-time connection between a physical specimen and its associated information.

Dr. Richard Morris, CEO of PharmaSeq, commented: “The issuance of this important patent demonstrates that the p-Chip is a high-value component in natural history collections. Currently there are an estimated 2.5 billion to 3.0 billion biological specimens in collections worldwide. Entomological collections face great difficulties in managing information written on paper labels, especially considering that the samples often far outlast the paper itself. We believe that the use of p-Chips will facilitate an increase in the rate of specimen data digitization and unlock a vast storehouse of important information in entomological and related collections for the digital age.”

About PharmaSeq. PharmaSeq, Inc., has developed an ultra-small microtransponder tag called the p-Chip that is poised to revolutionize several billion-dollar industries. The p-Chip is the smallest, most technologically advanced commercial product available today for tagging and authenticating consumer goods, industrial goods and small animals. Its size is at least 100-fold smaller than current gold standard RFID tags, and it costs less than one penny to manufacture in volume—an order of magnitude less expensive than tags commonly used today. The p-Chip is nearly impossible to counterfeit and can be used reliably in environmentally challenging conditions ranging from -190°C to over 150°C. These four unique capabilities of the p-Chip significantly expand the addressable market for this highly advanced, foundational technology. For additional information, visit www.pharmaseq.com. 

For further information, please contact Richard G. Morris, CEO, at (732) 355-0100.

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