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CRISPR Licensing Opportunities

Conventional genome editing approaches for engineering eukaryotic cells such as T-cells or plant cells using techniques like viral delivery can result in an exogenous gene or nucleic acid fragment being inserted at random locations and with multiple copies in the genome. These types of random insertions can, among other effects, disrupt the normal functioning of the genome.

However, the CRISPR/Cas9 system can be efficiently tailored for the specific placement of a gene or gene fragment within the genome. This approach to genome editing can result in better defined research tools, more effective gene and CAR T therapies, and greater efficiencies in plant trait expressions while preserving the normal functioning of the original genome.

MilliporeSigma (the Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany) is a leader in developing innovative genome editing tools and technologies such as CRISPR and promoting its translation into genomic medicines to benefit patients and plant engineering to better feed the world’s population.

We are committed to making these technologies broadly available for research to help ensure that scientific development has the best chance of success.

  • MilliporeSigma is broadly licensing its CRISPR Integration IP non-exclusively to industrial partners for their commercial research.
  • We also license CRISPR IP non-exclusively to companies wishing to sell tools and reagents for genome editing.
  • For human therapeutics, we concluded that exclusivity is necessary to driving the level of investment needed to develop the technology to the point that it is safe, effective, and capable of precise editing in specific cell types.
  • Additionally, our CRISPR IP licenses are available for other uses either exclusively or no-exclusively on a case-by-case basis.
  • We make CRISPR tools, knowledge, methods and other IP for genome-editing freely available to the academic and non-profit community.
  • In the spirit of collaboration and to make our IP widely available to the academic and non-profit communities, MilliporeSigma is working to democratize the CRISPR research field. Parties interested in licensing CRISPR IP are invited to contact

Fields of Use Available for License:

  • Therapeutics
  • AgBio
  • Bioproduction
  • Internal Research Use
  • Research Tools and Products
  • Diagnostics
  • Animal Health and Husbandry
  • Industrial
  • Academic Research

MilliporeSigma has Numerous Patent Filings on CRISPR Inventions:

  • CRISPR Integration
  • Paired Nickases
  • Nucleic Acid Detection
  • Donor Integration Improvements
  • proxy-CRISPR
  • Chromatin Disruption Peptides
  • New CRISPR Systems (alternate PAMs)

CRISPR Integration IP Licensing

This patent family covers successful integration of an external DNA sequence into the chromosome of eukaryotic cells using CRISPR.

MilliporeSigma, a leader in genome editing, has received several patents on its CRISPR-based eukaryotic genomic editing patent applications based upon International Application No. PCT/US2013/073307 in the following countries:

  • Europe
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Israel
  • China

MilliporeSigma also has pending patent filings for its insertion CRISPR method in the U.S., Brazil, India, and Japan.

This invention covers ucleic acid integration using CRISPR Cas9 which can be used in gene editing for correction or disabling of diseased genes or adding genes for producing desired traits in plants and crops as well as many other applications. These fundamental method claims are necessary to achieve nucleic acid integration in eukaryotic cells. The IP is regarded as essential in conducting any homology directed repair that currently is a key gene editing approach.


Fuqiang Chen
Gregory Davis

Overview of the Patent Claim:

The invention provides a method for integrating an exogenous nucleic acid sequence into a chromosomal sequence of a eukaryotic cell either in vivo, ex vivo or in vitro, as follows:

a) Introducing into the eukaryotic cell

(i) at least one RNA-guided endonuclease comprising at least one nuclear localization signal or nucleic acid encoding at least one RNA-guided endonuclease comprising at least one nuclear localization signal, wherein the at least one RNA-guided endonuclease is a clustered regularly interspersed short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated (Cas) (CRISPR/Cas) type II system protein and the CRISPR/Cas type II system protein is a Cas9 protein, (ii) at least one guide RNA or DNA encoding at least one guide RNA, and (iii) at least one donor polynucleotide comprising the exogenous sequence; and b) Culturing the eukaryotic cell such that the guide RNA guides the RNA-guided endonuclease to a target site in the chromosomal sequence where the RNA-guided endonuclease introduces a double-stranded break, and the double-stranded break is repaired by a DNA repair process such that the exogenous sequence is integrated into the chromosomal sequence, wherein the method does not comprise a process for modifying the germ line genetic identity of a human being.

Licensing Inquiries

To enable access to this foundational scientific discovery, MilliporeSigma is offering non-exclusive licenses to this technology to academic and non-profit organizations, and commercial entities for internal research use.

In addition, non-exclusive, field-exclusive and disease or trait indication-exclusive commercial licenses are available for research, production, pharmaceutical and agricultural uses.

CRISPR research products purchased from MilliporeSigma will not require additional licenses unless the product is used outside the scope of the enclosed label license.

We look forward to hearing from you and welcome your interest in our IP and how it may assist you in achieving your goals. Please address all inquiries to:

Ajay Rastogi

Director of Business Development & Licensing
Gene Editing & Novel Modalities
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