NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Cepheid today said it has signed a purchase order with Northrop Grumman through which it will supply the United States Postal Service with its Bacillus anthracis test cartridges and related materials through 2011.
 
Cepheid said the five-year deal could be worth as much as $200 million. The firm said it expects to provide the USPS with around 2 million anthrax test cartridges in its 2008 fiscal year, which begins Oct.

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