NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Nanogen said today it has received an undisclosed amount of funding from several Canadian government agencies to help develop diagnostics that would detect natural or bioterror threats to livestock.
Under the agreement, Nanogen will use its NanoChip multiplexing microarray platform to develop diagnostics for diseases such as avian flu, foot-and-mouth disease, and other pathogens.
One of the funding agencies is the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, whose laboratory in Lethbridge, Alberta, will participate in the collaborative project. Also participating will be the National Center for Foreign Animal Diseases, located in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Nanogen said the project, called “Adaptation of Recently Developed DNA Microarrays to NanoChip Microarray Technology for Detection of Agroterrorism Agents,” was approved by Defense Research and Development Canada under the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Research and Technology Initiative.
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.