XOMA announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded it U.S. patent no. 8,584,349, entitled "Flexible Manufacturing System." This patent relates to modular, flexible manufacturing facilities. The patent is directed to a flexible system of movable manufacturing bays, adapted to easily and quickly connect to a central supply of utilities such as air, water, and electricity. This unique arrangement facilitates flexible design and eliminates change-over downtime, which translates into significantly reduced capital expenditures, production costs, and maintenance costs. The flexible manufacturing system can be applied to fields as diverse as pharmaceuticals, biologics, and electronics.