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Oklahoma Group Puts $900K into Local Genomics Research

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology has granted a total of $900,000 to three Oklahoma-based genomics research projects.
 
The money was granted under the state technology development group’s Oklahoma Applied Research Support program, which is administering a total of $1.9 million to a number of technological programs based in the state, Bradley Sutherlin, OCAST’s contracts compliance officer, told GenomeWeb Daily News.
 
OCAST granted Riley Genomics $300,000 over three years that the company will use to develop a rheumatic blood test based on gene expression profiling.
 
Another recipient, Intergenetics, will use $300,000 over two years to develop multiplex assays to study DNA sequencing variations that could be used to help predict cancer risk and outcomes.
 
OCAST also will grant $300,000 over three years to Liyou Wu at the Institute of Environmental Genomics to develop microarray technology.

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