CombiMatrix Awarded Additional $1.9 Million Military Contract from the Army Research Office; New Contract an Addition to Existing CombiMatrix Contracts from the Department of Defense
"We are pleased that our technology and capabilities continue to be recognized and validated by our military. We expect these programs to expand and to provide additional development funding," said Dr. Amit Kumar, President and CEO. "All of our development efforts focus on applications and products that are of need for the military as well as the civilian marketplace. CombiMatrix will continue to leverage its R&D efforts through funding from the government."
“Conventional microarray readers, running current protocols, can be the size of small refrigerators and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. We are producing a compact, toaster-size reader that costs $20,000. This new contract will allow us to continue to miniaturize the complete detection system and automate the assay protocols.”
At the end of 2005, CombiMatrix had completed work under a $5.9 million Department of Defense contract. Currently, CombiMatrix is executing a $2.1 million contract; and will soon access an additional $2.16 million contract. This additional $1.9 million, along with our grants from the US Air Force, and the recently announced National Academies Grant, brings total government commitments to CombiMatrix to nearly $14 million, of which $6 million will be utilized during the remainder of 2006 and early 2007. Also, for 2007 and beyond, CombiMatrix and its collaborators have grant applications and requests into the government for more than $25 million.
The objective of the contract is to develop a self-contained, fully integrated, automatic, and disposable device for detection of a wide variety of microorganisms within one hour. All the functional components of this device such as micropumps, microvalves, and micromixers are low-cost and integrated in the device, thus simplifying and automating device operation. The successful completion of the proposed work will result in a handheld instrument capable of rapid multiplexed PCR amplification, ECD-based microarray detection, and data-interpretation capabilities. The device can be tailored for the detection of a wide variety of microorganisms and integrated for semi-automated or automated sample preparation and detection in a rugged, field-deployable unit. This device can be an intermediate step between our compact, toaster-sized, ElectraSense(TM) reader (http://www.combimatrix.com/products_electrasense.htm) and a fully automated "smoke detector" sized detection and warning system.
Dr. Robin Liu, the Principal Investigator on this contract, said, "Conventional microarray readers, running current protocols, can be the size of small refrigerators and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. We are producing a compact, toaster-size reader that costs $20,000. This new contract will allow us to continue to miniaturize the complete detection system and automate the assay protocols."
Potential users of this system are both non-medical and medical military personnel, as well as civilian medical professionals. Applications include the detection of biothreat agents such as anthrax, plague, as well as infectious diseases such as influenza, SARS, and HIV. Following completed development, CombiMatrix is expected to seek FDA approval for its system and arrays.
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