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NIH Gives Genomics USA $2.8M to Help Develop HLA Chip

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health has awarded Genomics USA $2.8 million to help it develop a human leukocyte chip, the Illinois-based company said yesterday.
 
The HLA chip is designed to be a low-cost microarray product to analyze the natural genetic variation that modifies vaccination response to biosecurity agents such as anthrax, bird flu, or small pox.
 
The award, a Homeland Security Small Business Innovation & Research Phase II grant, follows the completion of a $500,000 Phase I grant Genomics USA had received.
 
Genomics USA will also receive commercial assistance in marketing its chip.

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