Under the agreement, CombiMatrix will develop microarrays to detect pathogens that cause upper respiratory infections and that infect wounds. The first array will identify upper respiratory infections that can cause pneumonia, bird flu, and SARS. The Air Force Institute of Occupational Health has committed to purchasing the arrays for evaluation and use. CombiMatrix will be able to make them commercially available to other users as well.
The contract results from a prior collaboration with the AFIOH that led to the development of a microarray to identify different serotypes of influenza A.