Quidel disclosed this week that it has been awarded a milestone-based grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support the development, validation, and manufacture of a low-cost quantitative nucleic acid test to monitor HIV drug treatment.

The test will run on the fully automated and integrated PCR-based testing system that Quidel has been developing in collaboration with researchers from Northwestern University and the NU Global Health Foundation. Quidel said this week that the system, formerly called Project Wildcat, is now called Savanna MDx.

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