By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Oligonucleotide-based tools company Biosearch Technologies has reeled in a $750,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant to develop assays for military applications, the company said yesterday.

The Novato, Calif.-based firm plans to use the Phase II SBIR grant from the US Department of Defense to continue development of rapid and accurate assays for detecting pathogens that the military deems important.

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