CombiMatrix Awarded Additional $2 Million for Influenza Monitoring and Biothreat Detection
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Acacia Research Corporation (Nasdaq:CBMX)(Nasdaq:ACTG) announced today the 2007 Defense Appropriations Bill, recently signed into law by President Bush, includes two new allocations of $1.0M each for the CombiMatrix Group. This funding will support efforts by CombiMatrix to continue the development and deployment of its microarray technologies for the detection of biological-threat agents and infectious pathogens such as the highly pathogenic Eurasian Influenza A Virus (H5N1).
“As I have stated previously, we expect our work with the government and specifically the US military to continue to grow.”
Since March of 2004, including these two new appropriations, CombiMatrix has been awarded funding from the US government totaling nearly $15 Million dollars. Of this $15 Million in commitments, CombiMatrix has drawn down roughly $8 Million. CombiMatrix also has other collaborative efforts and requests into various government agencies that may result in additional contracts.
This funding supports the development of products such as CombiMatrix’s portable ElectraSense™ Reader and arrays for the detection of biological-warfare agents, infectious diseases such as influenza, and upper-respiratory infections, as well as the development of microfluidics and hand held detection systems. All of these products and technologies, while needed by government agencies and the military, also have direct applications in the civilian sector, for markets such as diagnostics.
One of these allocations was specifically granted to address the public health concern regarding the highly pathogenic Eurasian Avian Influenza A Virus, commonly known by its serotype (H5N1). Our system for the detection and typing of Influenza A is the most-comprehensive analytical device for this application. We have recently demonstrated that our DNA-array technology enables us to modify our analytical capability as the virus continues to mutate. This system has recently been used in a number of government-funded studies to monitor birds entering North America. These studies were conducted in collaboration with several government agencies as well as with industrial partners. With this additional funding, we expect to continue improving the capability of our system, which includes cost reduction and integration.
Dr. David Danley, Director of Homeland Defense of CombiMatrix Corporation, stated, “This funding demonstrates the continued interest our government has in our technology and our products. With this additional capital, our goal is to develop an integrated system that can be used in a laboratory as well as military and civilian environments where early detection can reduce the spread of the disease or the impact of a biothreat attack.”
“The value of our products, for public health and homeland security applications, is underscored by the continued support from the US government,” said Dr. Amit Kumar, President and CEO of CombiMatrix Corporation. “As I have stated previously, we expect our work with the government and specifically the US military to continue to grow.”
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The CombiMatrix group is developing a platform technology to rapidly produce CUSTOMARRAYS™, which are semiconductor-based tools for use in identifying and determining the roles of genes, gene mutations and proteins. The CombiMatrix's group's technology has a wide range of potential applications in the areas of genomics, proteomics, biosensors, drug discovery, drug development, diagnostics, combinatorial chemistry, material sciences and nanotechnology.
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