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Sage-N Research Licenses US Army Technology to Develop Microbial Identification Platform

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Sage-N Research has signed an exclusive license agreement with the US Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center to commercialize a platform for identifying pathogenic microorganisms in fluid media.

Sage-N will combine ECBC’s Agents of Biological Organs Identification system, which can identify 4,500 different bacteria, viruses, and fungi, with its Sorcerer proteomics platform.

The integrated solution will be able to identify bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other cellular material without the need for growing cultures, or any prior knowledge about them, Sage-N said.

Furthermore, it will enable the “identification of microorganisms down to strain level in minutes, rather than hours,” Charles Wick, ECBC’s senior scientist, said in a statement.

Wick added that the integrated system will enable infectious disease identification and has military, medical, pharmaceutical, food and public safety applications.

Sage-N Research expects the combined platform to expand its client list to include groups in the infectious diseases, clinical, environmental, and food testing markets.

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