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US DoD Taps CombiMatrix to Develop Point-of-Care Testing System

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Department of Defense has awarded CombiMatrix a fifteen-month contract worth more than $900,000 to develop a hand-held detection system for military use, the company said today.
The contract follows a one-year, $2.2 million agreement the company signed last July with the DoD to develop microarrays to detect pathogens and toxins, and two DoD awards that it won in 2006.
CombiMatrix said today that the instrument it will develop under the new contract will be the “size of a deck of playing cards,” which will allow it to be used in the field of operations in military applications.
The company said it expects the system will also be of interest in the civilian market for point-of-care testing “as well as other applications and markets that are currently not accessible due to instrument size, complexity and/or expense.”

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