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Akonni Biosystems Awarded $300K Grant from National Institutes of Health (NIH) to Develop RT-PCR Microarray for Detecting Viruses in Human CSF


8/5/2011 7:45:27 AM

FREDERICK, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Akonni Biosystems, a molecular diagnostics company that develops novel nucleic acid extraction and microarray-based testing systems designed to rapidly and economically analyze biological samples, today announced receipt of a $300K grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The award will enable Akonni to accelerate the research and development of a closed amplicon RT-PCR microarray for the detection of enterovirus, herpes viruses (HSV-1, HSV-2, VZV, CMV, HHV-6) and West Nile virus in cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). Collaborating with Akonni Biosystems on this project will be the Laboratory of Viral Diseases at the Wadsworth Center of Albany, New York.

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