Note: This story has been edited to reflect the amount of the current RADx award and potential milestone payments.
NEW YORK – Point-of-care diagnostics company 3EO Health announced on Monday that it has received an award of $773,700 from the National Institutes of Health's Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics program.
The RADx Tech award from the NIH's National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering is intended to help the company develop a molecular multiplex respiratory disease test to detect influenza A/B and COVID-19, the firm said in a statement.
The award will be used to accelerate and expand the development of its 3TR technology into a multiplex format and to optimize its production processes, it added.
According to 3EO Health CEO Jeremy Schubert, the award is phased and could reach up to $6 million in milestones and additional work packages.
"Our solution has the potential to make a significant impact not only in addressing respiratory illnesses but also in expanding overall healthcare accessibility," 3EO Health Chief Technology Officer Peter Honkanen said in a statement.
3EO Health received Emergency Use Authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration for its molecular COVID-19 assay last month. The firm's platform is based on loop-mediated isothermal amplification and utilizes technology licensed from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.