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CombiMatrix and Oklahoma State University Collaborate on Influenza A 'Bird Flu' Research Program.

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 26, 2004

Acacia Research Corporation (Nasdaq:CBMX)(Nasdaq:ACTG) announced today that Dr. Ulrich Melcher, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Dr. Alexander C. Lai, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, from Oklahoma State University, will utilize CombiMatrix's 'Bird Flu' CustomArray(TM) devices to characterize influenza A viruses at the genomic level. One goal of this project is to speed the development of better identification and characterization methods for influenza viruses.

CombiMatrix's 'Bird Flu' arrays will be utilized by Drs. Melcher and Lai to study and characterize various strains of the human and avian flu viruses for rapid typing of a wide range of subtypes from H1 to H15 and N1 to N8. Drs. Melcher and Lai's work in the characterization of influenza virus strains by microarrays was recently published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.

"The CombiMatrix Influenza A arrays will help to accelerate our research in identifying and characterizing the key differences in the avian flu strains. The data from these arrays will provide important information which will enable us to advance our research efforts," said Dr. Melcher. "These arrays should allow us to better understand the strains of Avian Flu that are most dangerous to humans and help us move towards development of diagnostics and therapeutics."

"CombiMatrix's 'Bird Flu' array and its proprietary content joins a growing list of viral arrays being developed and used by researchers to study emerging diseases," said Dr. Amit Kumar, President and CEO of CombiMatrix. "Using our CustomArray(TM) line of products, researchers can design arrays to include any sequence from multiple pathogens all on the same chip. Rapid redesign of our arrays provides researchers with the necessary tools to study emerging infectious diseases. This program is synergistic with our work with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital."


Acacia Research Corporation comprises two operating groups: Acacia Technologies Group and CombiMatrix Group.

The CombiMatrix group is developing a platform technology to rapidly produce customizable active biochips, which are semiconductor-based tools for use in identifying and determining the roles of genes, gene mutations and proteins. CombiMatrix's technology has a wide range of applications including DNA synthesis/diagnostics, siRNA synthesis, drug discovery, and immunochemical detection. CombiMatrix provides DNA arrays to researchers under the CustomArray(TM) brand. CombiMatrix's Express Track(sm) drug discovery program is a systems biology approach, using its technology, to target common viral diseases with siRNA compounds.

The Acacia Technologies Group develops, acquires, and licenses patented technologies. Acacia's DMT technology, which is supported by 5 U.S. and 31 foreign patents, relates to audio and audio/video transmission and receiving systems commonly known as audio-on-demand, video-on-demand, and audio/video streaming, and is used for distributing digital content via several means including Internet, cable, satellite and wireless systems.

Acacia Research-Acacia Technologies (Nasdaq:ACTG) and Acacia Research-CombiMatrix (Nasdaq:CBMX) are both classes of common stock issued by Acacia Research Corporation and are intended to reflect the performance of the respective operating groups and are not issued by the operating groups.

Information about the Acacia Technologies Group and the CombiMatrix Group is available at

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