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The Boston-based firm is developing a bacterial diagnostic platform to detect antibiotic resistance and help guide antibiotic treatment in hospitals. 

The platform can detect a single virus in more than 1,000 samples at a time or more than 160 viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, in a small number of samples.

The collaboration will support the development of rapid diagnostics, including point-of-care tests, and therapeutics, according to a statement.

The platform retained high sensitivity after exposure to plasma for more than one month, opening up a range of potential diagnostic applications, the researchers said.

Two new grants are helping the company develop its SHERLOCK and INSPECTR technologies as the basis for creating innovative diagnostics.

Researchers at Harvard, Peking University, and Yikon Genomics suggested that their noninvasive test is more specific than the prevailing biopsy-based method.

The company believes it can provide tests to predict patients' responsiveness to specific drugs akin to the molecular diagnostics that have now swelled the oncology space.

The company's technology uses a drop of blood applied to a biochip to provide a "complete panel" of diagnostic test results within 15 minutes.

The deal is an extension of an existing agreement involving the license of 14 patents to develop a platform for detecting traumatic brain injury.

The researchers aim to offer the half-hour diagnostic assay for use during neurosurgery to help clinicians pursue the best treatment for patients with gliomas.  

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