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Framingham, Massachusetts-based Kephera's tests is intended to be used to differentiate neurocysticercosis from other causes of seizures in patients.

The funding supports development of a low-cost platform for detection of antimicrobial resistance elements in complex microbial communities. 

The seven-year grant renews funding for the Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group, led by Duke University and UCSF, with $15 million in 2020.

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

Its most advanced gene expression signatures are for infectious disease diagnostics and are aimed at enabling the appropriate prescription of antiviral and antibiotic medications.

The assay uses the propensity of pathogenic tau protein filaments to self-assemble and could enable more accurate and earlier detection of Alzheimer's.

During the year, the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance drove development and adoption of advanced diagnostic tests, including molecular testing.

The grant is specifically intended to support the development of noninvasive, rapid tests that can be used at the point of care in developing country settings.