NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – QuantuMDx announced today that it has received an undisclosed amount of funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to further develop its pathogen-concentrating technology and molecular diagnostics platform for tuberculosis testing.

The company claims 20-minute PCR using its handheld Q-POC molecular platform and a method it calls Capture-XT to concentrate TB bacteria from sputum.

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