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Jan Smilek, John Quackenbush, Bob Carter, Carlos Cordon-Cardo, Keith Flaherty

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Akonni Biosystems appoints Jan Smilek as CFO; James Robb joins Biomatrica's SAB.

The companies plan to combine Akonni's TruArray gel-drop microarray platform with Seegene's Dual Priming Oligo multiplex PCR technology in a bid to deliver a low-cost molecular diagnostics system.

The firms will combine their technologies to develop molecular diagnostic tests for infectious pathogens that cause respiratory diseases.

The agreement provides Akonni access to nucleic acid sequences, primers, and probes for several important biothreat agents, which it will incorporate into molecular tests on its TruArray and TruSentry platforms.

Akonni plans to use the content to develop products to expand its market presence beyond detection of infectious diseases, including global biosecurity.

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RainDance's DeepSeq FFPE solution, Akonni Biosystems' TruSentry system; and New England Biolabs' NEBNext Small RNA Sample Prep Set 1 and 3.

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Akonni's TruTip genomic DNA extraction kit; Promega's ReliaPrep Blood and Tissue gDNA miniprep systems.

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NSF Microarray Grants Awarded Aug. 1, 2010 — Jan. 1, 2011

Akonni will evaluate a method of manufacturing microarrays that it believes could lower the cost of array-based molecular diagnostic testing.

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The World Health Organization has announced the members of its gene-editing committee, according to NPR.

DARPA is working on developing algorithms that gauge the credibility of research findings, Wired reports.

The American Society of Breast Surgeons recommends all women diagnosed with breast cancer be offered genetic testing, the Washington Post says.

In Science this week: comparison of modern, historical rabbit exomes uncovers parallel evolution after myxoma virus exposure; and more.