NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Akesogen today announced the US Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded the company a five-year, $7.5 million contract to genotype samples from US military veterans as part of the Million Veteran Program.

In the first year of the contract, Akesogen, a genomics and biorepository firm based in Norcross, Ga., will use a custom designed array-based genotyping product from Affymetrix to genotype 105,000 veterans, it said.

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