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The coalition includes partners from all over the world, including universities, research centers, and health systems in South Asia, Africa, South America, and the US.
Other grant recipients include scientists from the University of Chicago, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, and the University of Washington.
Some lab experts say that Abbott's test is open to multiple variables, which could lead to improper use and incorrect test results.
Researchers at the University of Washington found that home-collected nasal swabs were about 80 percent sensitive compared to nasopharyngeal swabs collected by clinicians.
Assays like SwabSeq, Dx-Seq, and LAMP-Seq promise to analyze tens to hundreds of thousands of samples in parallel but might be constrained by sample availability.
The virology department at UW will offer a number of support services to diagnostics developers, including particular expertise in digital PCR and sequencing technologies.
The company presented new data on the performance of a multi-pronged liquid biopsy assay in detecting colorectal cancers across a range of clinical stages.
Some researchers believe that the use of microfluidics in the analysis of exosomes will help clinicians overcome the problem of heterogeneity in cancer cells.
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a diagnostic platform that leverages the lateral flow immunoassay concept using quantum dots, a mobile phone, and an ultraviolet light-emitting diode.
To identify the superbug, the firm used a rapid test that assigns microbial DNA fingerprints to reveal the clonal identity of a bacterial strain in patient samples.