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Accelr8, BD Move Closer to Rapid Bacterial Dx Development Agreement

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Accelr8 Technology said today that it has reached an agreement in principle with Becton Dickinson to fund an 18-month milestone project for Accelr8’s rapid bacterial diagnostic system.
 
Under terms of the preliminary pact, BD will receive an option to license the resulting technology to develop and sell a clinical diagnostic system for infectious diseases.
 
Last December, BD agreed to pay $100,000 for the right to negotiate the development agreement through yesterday. Accelr8 said at the time that the deal could include licensing rights, an equity investment, a joint development, or other type of development program.  
 
Accelr8 said today it expects the new agreement to be solidified by April 30.

The Scan

Looking for Omicron

NPR reports that SARS-CoV-2 testing in the US has gotten better but also that some experts say more needs to be done to better track the Omicron variant.

Holmes Alleges Abuse

The Associated Press reports that Theranos' Elizabeth Holmes has testified at her wire fraud trial that her business and romantic partner abused her.

Bit More Diverse, But More to Do

While Black and Hispanic patients are more likely to participate in cancer clinical trials than previously, they are still underrepresented, according to US News & World Report.

PNAS Papers on Yeast Gene Silencing, Zika Virus Inhibition, Immunoglobulin Hypermutation

In PNAS this week: gene silencing in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, possible neuroprotective role for SHFL in a mouse model of Zika virus infection, and more.