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Gates Foundation

By Ben Butkus
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Grand Challenges Canada last week announced $31.5 million in new funding to support the development of point-of-care diagnostic technologies for the developing world.

The funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will support genomic selection studies of maize and wheat and support an international collaboration.

The BBSRC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and India will fund a grant program to develop technologies for improving food sustainability in the developing world.

The Infectious Disease Research Institute will use the grant to use "chemical genomics" medium- and high-throughput screening approaches to identify candidate targets against tuberculosis.

The jointly funded research effort focused on agricultural development projects has granted roughly $3 million for genomics in its inaugural funding round.

The Grand Challenges Explorations grants will give $100,000 for a range of studies to develop technologies for diagnosing and combating diseases.

Ionian is developing a molecular diagnostics platform that will run assays designed for use in the developing world.


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