NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – TriLink BioTechnologies today announced a $130,000 award from the National Institutes of Health to develop a sample preparation method for next-generation sequencing.

The San Diego-based firm will use its expertise in nucleic acid chemistry as part of the Phase I Small Business Innovation Research grant to develop an approach to RNA sample prep, it said. The grant last through July.

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