The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response yesterday announced a $9.3 million contract to develop a test that could help hospital and commercial laboratories speed diagnosis of bacterial infections and determine the best antibiotics to treat them. ASPR’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority will sponsor advanced development of the testing technology under an 18-month contract with SeLux Diagnostic Inc. The agency said the technology aims to reduce the time needed to diagnose bacterial infections from days to hours and curb antibiotic-resistant infections.

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