Diagnostics For All Gets $3M from Gates, UK

2/28/11

Boston-based nonprofit firm Diagnostics For All announced today that it has nabbed a $3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK’s Department for International Development, to put toward developing three diagnostic tests for the agriculture space. The firm will use its diagnostics platform to develop a test for detecting milk spoilage, one for targeting the growth of mold in corn, and a third to determine whether cows are pregnant or ready for breeding to help farmers better manage their herds. Diagnostics For All, a Harvard spinout led by veteran biotech executive Una Ryan, previously focused entirely on tests in the human health field, like a paper-based diagnostic product for measuring liver toxicity in HIV and AIDS patients that the firm plans to begin testing later this year.

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