Oxford Gene: Two for the little guy

Tiny Oxford Gene Technology Ltd. looks more and more like it is becoming a recognized player in the DNA microarray field, with both Incyte Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Agilent Technologies Inc. licensing the British company's technology.

INCY (Palo Alto, Calif.) is trying to consolidate its hold on gene expression databases made using microarrays, which are closely linked to its traditional sequence database business. Towards that end, INCY last week received a co-exclusive license to patents owned by Oxford Gene for the development of large gene expression databases, plus a non-exclusive license for