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CombiMatrix to Receive $2M from US Defense Budget for Bio-Threat Projects

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – CombiMatrix said today that the 2007 Defense Appropriations Bill, recently signed into law, includes two new allocations of $1 million each for the company’s development of microarray technologies for the detection of biological threat agents and infectious pathogens.

According to the company, one of the allocations was specifically granted to address concern over the Eurasian Avian Influenza A Virus, also known as H5N1.

“With this additional capital, our goal is to develop an integrated system that can be used in a laboratory as well as military and civilian environments where early detection can reduce the spread of the disease or the impact of a biothreat attack,” David Danley, director of CombiMatrix’s homeland defense unit, said in a statement.

 

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