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Canon, Univ. of Maryland to Develop Platform for Infectious Disease Diagnosis

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Canon US Life Sciences today announced a research collaboration with the University of Maryland to develop a high-throughput, automated system for the rapid diagnosis of infectious diseases.

The collaboration will use Canon's genetic analysis system to speed up test results while simplifying the test process, thereby allowing a range of clinical staff to perform automated disease diagnosis, said Canon US Life Sciences, a subsidiary of Canon USA.

Hiroshi Inoue, senior fellow at Canon US Life Sciences, and William Bentley, chair of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland's James Clark School of Engineering, will lead the research. They are being joined by Keith Herold and Ian White, both from the Fischell Department of Bioengineering.

Together, they will develop microfluidic chip technology for use in disposable testing cartridges containing human blood samples. The system will identify bacterial pathogens in human blood using genetic matching technology and is expected to reduce the time required to test a sample to one hour from the several days currently needed with existing technology, Canon said.

"Leveraging our combined research capabilities is intended to advance the commercial portfolio of Canon US Life Sciences while also assisting the university in its mission to crate innovative knowledge and educational opportunities for its students," Bentley said in a statement.

Financial and other terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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