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Commonwealth Biotech Wins $2.35M in Forensic, Biodefense Contracts

This article has been updated from a previous version. The original article incorrectly said that the award was from a Virginia state agency.
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Commonwealth Biotechnologies said today that it has recently received approximately $2.35 million in new contracts related to forensic DNA sequence analysis and proteomics for pathogen detection.
Specifically, an undisclosed state agency has awarded Commonwealth approximately $1.45 million over five years to fund Commonwealth’s reference lab, Fairfax Identity Labs, for DNA sequence analysis of convicted offender samples. The analysis results will be entered into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Combined DNA Index System database.

Commonwealth said that it has also been awarded about $300,000 from the US government for the initial examination of the proteomes of certain pathogens. The company expects to be allocated an additional $550,000 in fiscal year 2007 budget appropriations.

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