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Ventria Wins ITC Ban on Chinese Rival’s Engineered-Rice Imports

Sept. 13, 2022, 5:01 PM

The US International Trade Commission issued an order blocking imports of a Chinese company’s clinical-grade, genetically-engineered rice seeds for medical uses after finding they infringe a patent held by Kansas developer Ventria Bioscience Inc.

Wuhan Healthgen Biotechnology Corp. is barred from importing its plant-based albumins, or rHSA, and products containing them until the patent, which covers cell culture media containing combinations of proteins, has expired, the ITC said Monday. Bloomberg Law estimates the patent will expire in February 2030.

The commission launched its investigation in January 2021 based on Ventria’s complaint that alleged infringement of two patents, only one ...