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NEW YORK ─ The US Department of Health and Human Services' Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) said on Friday it has awarded $13 million to Hologic for the development of its Aptima SARS-CoV-2 assay.

Marlborough, Massachusetts-based Hologic is developing the assay for use on its Panther System, a fully automated high-throughput molecular diagnostic platform with more than 1,000 instruments installed in the US. Each Panther System can provide initial results in less than three hours and process more than 1,000 coronavirus tests in 24 hours, BARDA said.

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