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US Gov t Awards CombiMatrix Additional $2.4M to Develop Microarrays for Biothreat Detection

NEW YORK, Jan. 17 (GenomeWeb News) - Acacia Research said today that its CombiMatrix group has been awarded $2.4 million from the US Department of Defense to further develop microarrays for detecting biological and chemical threat agents.


CombiMatrix was originally awarded $5.9 million by the DoD in March 2004 to develop its microarray technology for biothreat detection. The company said it is also in the midst of an additional $2.1 million contract from DoD.


Under the original contract, CombiMatrix was to develop an automated system for detecting biothreats such as Bacillus anthracis, Yersinia pestis, and toxins.

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