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Nanosphere Expands Pact with US Government

NEW YORK, Aug. 5 (GenomeWeb News) - Nanosphere said today that its contract with the US Government Technical Support Working Group to develop a field-deployable system to detect DNA sequences of biological warfare agents, has been expanded.

 

The initial contract was signed in 2002 and involves development of the firm's Verigene platform for use in detecting agents such as anthrax and plague. The expansion follows a recent $2.5 million contract from the same US agency to optimize the Verigene platform into a field-deployable system that would enable emergency first responders and hospital triage personnel to identify biological toxins, such as ricin and botulinum toxin.

 

Northbrook, Ill.-based Nanosphere also said it received a $750,000 Phase II grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to fund the development of diagnostic tests for biological warfare agents and the identification of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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