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FBB Biomed, cofounded by a diagnostics industry veteran, is attempting to develop a blood RNA test to predict COVID-19 disease severity.

The firm touts a new hybridization probe design, which it says will enable small, focused panels that reduce sequencing costs and assay time.

The company said it has also received Emergency Use Authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration for its nucleic acid extraction kit.

The technologies, called non-extensible oligonucleotides and linear DNA assembly, may help the sample prep firm improve existing products.

In its complaint, the Maryland-based company claimed that Natera infringes two of its patents, both titled "Methods for detection of genetic disorders."