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Air Force Cancels ABI Biosecurity Contract

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The US Department of Defense has terminated a pathogen-identification technology contract with Applied Biosystems because the company and the US Air Force could not agree on the best route for commercializing the product, ABI said Friday. 
The DOD awarded ABI a $24.5 million contract last August to develop a prototype system that would identify infectious diseases for epidemiological and biosecurity purposes.
ABI said on Friday that it had successfully completed all technical milestones for the contract, but that it was unable to agree with the USAF on “an approach for further development and commercialization of an instrument” based on an ABI prototype.
ABI said it anticipates “no material financial impact” from the cancellation of the contract and expects to continue developing pathogen-detection technology for biosecurity applications.
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