California Company Developing CD4+ Blood Test for Use in Developing Countries
July 30, 2007
Fullerton, Calif.-based Beckman Coulter is taking part in an international initiative to develop a type of blood test that can be used widely in developing countries to measure a person's CD4+ T cell count, the Orange County Register reports. The initiative -- which has received an $8.9 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation -- aims to create "simple finger-prick tests" to measure CD4+ counts. It is based at Imperial College London, which last year sought ideas from researchers worldwide on how to develop tests to measure the CD4+ counts of people living in areas without electricity. Beckman Coulter, which usually makes laboratory equipment, was one of four organizations this year to receive grants under the initiative. The other grants went to researchers at Zyomyx, Cornell University and the Barret Institute.
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