The National Institutes of Health has awarded Rheonix $233,000 to support broader development of the company's fully automated point-of-care molecular diagnostic platform for detecting multiple sexually transmitted diseases, Rheonix said this week.

The award, administered by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will supplement a $397,000 grant bestowed to Rheonix by NIAID earlier this year to further develop its platform, called the Chemistry and Reagent Device, or CARD, to also detect urinary tract infections from patient samples.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

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