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The company's DETECTR disease detection platform will be used to help develop the technology and optimize the CRISPR enzymes used in the point-of-care device.
The contract was awarded under DARPA's Detect It with Gene Editing Technologies program, which aims to create a device to detect at least 10 pathogens.
GenMark said it placed 70 net ePlex analyzers in Q3 and ended the quarter with a global installed base of more than 720 ePlex analyzers.
The company's CEO said that its single-molecule tethering technology has demonstrated limits of detection comparable to commercial molecular tests.
The funding will help the San Francisco-based firm apply low-depth NGS as it builds diagnostic tests to aid therapy selection in more diverse populations.
The new method incorporates analysis of the amplification and melt curves and was used to create a single-channel nonaplex test using intercalating dye.
Both RT-PCR tests are for the simultaneous qualitative detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2, influenza A, and influenza B from throat swab samples.
Overall, GenMark's ePlex Respiratory Pathogen Panel 2 provides results for more than 20 viruses and bacteria, including SARS-CoV-2, flu A and B, RSV, and rhinovirus.
The firm launched a CE-IVD marked test for extremely drug-resistant TB and expects to incorporate the multiplexing technology in other assays.
The firm said that its Verigene II multiplex system is on track to launch in mid-2020 among a number of new products scheduled for release this year.
SARS-CoV-2 vaccine developers are evaluating further vaccine doses as well as modified doses to keep up with new viral variants, according to CNN.
The New York Times reports that a new viral variant of concern has been identified in New York City.
In Nature this week: spatiotemporally resolved map of the human cell cycle, folding single-cell RNA sequencing into cancer drug studies, and more.
According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.