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For the first time ever, the center is funding the development of diagnostic systems — specifically for the development of three devices to detect the infection. 

The award will fund optimization of the Hemopurifier exosome isolator, with an eye towards developing applications in cancer research and clinical care.

The blood-based test is designed to detect changes in levels of microRNAs that are enriched in specific brain regions affected by Alzheimer's disease.

The funding is being provided by the Flemish government's Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to support the three-year development project.

The in vitro diagnostic company said it would use the financing to commercialize its antibiotic susceptibility platform called Reveal. 

The platform is designed to isolate exosomes from blood, then release their extracellular RNA cargo for analysis as biomarkers for diseases including cancer.

The drug developer said that the biomarker panel will form the basis of a planned point-of-care test for acute respiratory distress syndrome.

The financing, led by Accelerated Digital Ventures, will go toward the development of 20 tests targeted at cancers and dementias.

The company also received a contract from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for a separate sepsis test.

Last year, the Oklahoma City-based firm raised $1.25 million in investment funding and acquired health management platform LupusCorner.

The grant recipients will receive up to $5 million each and are led by scientists at institutions including Harvard Medical School and the Cleveland Clinic.

The funding will support a collaboration focused on telomere maintenance and the development of cancer diagnostics based on the company's technology.

The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Foundation gift will expand research into the use of saliva to monitor lithium levels in patients with bipolar and other disorders.

The project, called Seq&Treat, will be implemented in Brazil, China, Georgia, India, and South Africa starting in October.

The new grant will be used to conduct whole-exome sequencing on 1,000 children participating in an autism spectrum disorder study for the purposes of biomarker development.

The developer of assays to detect drug-resistant strains of HIV has now branched into Lassa detection, and will potentially be seeking instrument partners.

The new center will focus on liquid biopsy technologies for tracking treatment response and for monitoring patients with minimal residual disease.

The RT-qPCR-based assay, which has 510(k) clearance, is designed to rapidly differentiate sepsis from systemic inflammatory response syndrome.

The team said it will partner with startup Early Diagnostics to commercialize the assay, which integrates DNA methylation analysis and computational technology.

DiaCarta scientists will partner with the University of Florida Health Cancer Center to analyze blood samples from up to 500 cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy.

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