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The new funding opportunities come as part of the NIH's Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics program, which aims to support SARS-CoV-2 testing technologies. 

The test will comprise a smartphone-powered single-use, disposable device that detects active SARS-CoV-2 infection based on the presence of viral proteins.

The Boston-based startup will use the funding to flesh out its diagnostic platform to detect antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections within a clinically relevant timeframe.

The charity also announced a partnership with Sage Bionetworks to establish an online repository for biomarker data generated by grant recipients.

The multiplex assay is designed to detect both the SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid protein from nasal swabs and patient-derived antibodies against the viral spike protein 1 from blood drops.

Technology partners on the study include BioMérieux and SkylineDx, as well as Imperial College London's biomedical electronics unit.

The funding, part of a larger initiative by Genome Canada, will support two studies in British Columbia that will evaluate genomics in healthcare.

The researchers envisage deploying a point-of-care assay based on a fluorescent nanophotonics platform.

The funding comes from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which previously provided the company with $500,000 for the test's initial development.

The funds will support the companies' efforts to develop tests for predicting NSCLC patients' response to immunotherapy.

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