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Leprosy Test From Protein AI Gets $700K

Protein AI, a Seattle-based developer of a diagnostic test for leprosy, has received a $700,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant. The disease is currently detected when a doctor recognizes skin lesions or runs an antibody-based lab test. Protein AI’s test is designed so a pinprick of blood can be collected and provide an answer within 15 minutes, says CEO Darrick Carter. The test should be on the market by the end of 2009 or early 2010, he says.