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Ionian Gets $2.7M DARPA Contract to Develop Hand-Held Biodetectors

NEW YORK, March 25 (GenomeWeb News) - Ionian Technologies has received a $2.7 million contract from the DoD's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop hand-held rapid detectors of biological agents, the company said yesterday.


Ionian, located in Upland, Calif., will develop assays and chemistry based on a DNA detection technology, Expar, that it licenses from the Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, Calif., a subcontractor for the project.


Expar allows researchers to amplify nucleic acids isothermally and rapidly.

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