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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Opko Health has received a $1 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the development of a tuberculosis test, the company announced today.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – BGI and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have inked a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on applying genomic tools to improving global health and agricultural development.

Cepheid said today that it has signed the first in a series of agreements with various government agencies and non-profit organizations to buy down the price of Cepheid's Xpert MTB/RIF test in a bid to drive widespread adoption of the assay in the developing world.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cepheid announced the first agreement to buy down the price of the Xpert MTB/RIF test in order to drive adoption of the technology in resource-poor areas of the world with multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis.

Researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this month published a study validating a multiplexed real-time PCR assay panel manufactured by Luxembourgian molecular diagnostics firm Fast-track Diagnostics.

Global non-profit health advocacy organization Unitaid said today that its board has approved $30 million in funding to increase access to Cepheid's Xpert MTB/RIF diagnostic test for multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis in resource-poor areas of the world.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Global non-profit health advocacy organization Unitaid said today that its board has approved $30 million in funding to increase access to Cepheid's Xpert MTB/RIF diagnostic test for multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis in resource-poor areas of the world.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Qiagen today said it has joined a global initiative to develop affordable and portable molecular diagnostics for resource-poor regions of the world.

By Adam Bonislawski
Scientists at the Forsyth Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and biomarker firm Quanterix announced this week a collaboration to evaluate protein biomarkers for tuberculosis.

This article has been updated to clarify that the Forsyth Institute was the recipient of the Gates Foundation grant.

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