Idaho Technology, Inc., a Salt Lake City, Utah-based biotechnology company, has been awarded a $3.3m grant from the Defense Threat Agency (DTRA), on behalf of the U.S. Air Force Assistant Surgeon General, Modernization Directorate (AF/SGR).
The grant was awarded to advance development of the FilmArray™ system and pursue Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waiver from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The FilmArray™ system has the ability to test for common and emerging respiratory pathogens with sample to result in one-hour. It will provide the military a near real-time force protection capability.
CLIA waiver applies to tests that are simple to perform and interpret, such as rapid Strep tests and pregnancy tests, and can be used in virtually any laboratory setting by non-technically trained operators.