NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Epistem said yesterday that it has entered into cooperative agreements with the US Air Force and Johns Hopkins University's Advanced Physics Laboratory to undertake combat evaluation of Epistem's Genedrive molecular handheld pathogen-detection device.

The agreement provides Manchester, UK-based Epistem with $600,000 over five months to develop and evaluate Genedrive for the identification of three known disease pathogens.

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