NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - US Genomics said today it has been awarded an $8.6 million Small Business Innovation Research grant from the US Department of Homeland Security to continue developing a biological sensor to detect airborne pathogens.
The company said it received the one-year, Phase III award through the DHS's Bioagent Autonomous Networked Detectors program.
The company also said it completed the second phase of the contract, today, for which it was awarded $16.2 million. The first phase of the contract, awarded in 2004, was worth $7.5 million.
US Genomics' CEO John Canepa said the company is making "tremendous progress" on developing a biodefense sensor based on its DNA mapping technology.