Humans have manipulated biology for thousands of years in processes such as bread making, cheese fermentation, alcohol fermentation and plant-based medicines. These processes would now be classified as biotechnology. Biotechnology is the use of a biological process to improve the quality of human life. The earliest instances of biotechnology were farmers that practiced crossbreeding of plants and animals. Biotechnology touches most aspects of human life as biological processes are harnessed to develop new technologies.
The surge in biotechnology patents began in the 1990s with the human genome project. As of 2013, human genes cannot be patented in the United States. However, lab modifications of DNA, processes of DNA modification, mass production of food or medicine using biotechnology, models for diseases and methods of drug discovery can be patented. Currently, China leads the world in the number of biotechnology patents filed in a jurisdiction followed closely by the United States.
With the ever-expanding field of research, innovators, in this sector, need to be able to monitor and navigate the rapidly diversifying landscape. Henceforth, we built PatSnap Bio – a sequence searching and analysis tool for visionaries.
PatSnap Bio combines over 600 million sequences with 130 patents from major patent jurisdictions. The platform makes it easy to search proteins, DNA and RNA sequences within patents and find pertinent results.
What can you do on PatSnap Bio?
- Find patents from over 100 global patent databases.
- Review: Sequences are ranked by alignment strength and length. The number of relevant patents and any non-patent literature is also listed.
- Refine: Results can be refined by percent alignment, jurisdictions, legal status and more.
- View: Read patents and utilize the integration with the PatSnap Analytics to find additional relevant patents and articles.
Here is a brief overview of the platform: