Firms receive patent for micromanipulators

July 18, 2003 — Two companies have received a U.S. patent for microactuators that could control objects at the nanoscale, according to a news release.

The patent, “Wireless Techniques for Microactivation,” was awarded to Technology Innovations LLC of West Henrietta, N.Y., and Innovation On Demand Inc. of Los Gatos, Calif. The technology combines heat-actuated shape memory alloy microactuators and focused beams, which send directed energy to the actuators, the release said.

Applications for the technology include construction and control of medical devices and manipulation of proteins and genetic components.


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