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CombiMatrix Signs Biodefense Subcontract with Northrop Grumman

NEW YORK, May 23 (GenomeWeb News) - CombiMatrix has signed a subcontract with Northrop Grumman to develop components for DARPA's Handheld Isothermal Silver Standard Sensor program, CombiMatrix parent company Acacia Research said today.


The HISSS program is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Special Project Office. The goal of the program is to develop a handheld sensor to identify biological weapon threats, including bacteria, viruses, and toxins.


The HISSS sensor will be based on "isothermal technologies that hold the promise of allowing silver-standard quality identification in a small, low-logistics package," according to a DARPA website describing the project.


Financial support for the project is through a contract awarded to Northrop Grumman. Additional financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.


If the Northrop Grumman contract expands into Phase IV and procurement, CombiMatrix "may be awarded additional contracts to develop technology and supply components," the company said.

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