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Rapid, Portable Viral Diagnostic Available for Licensing

Colorized transmission electron micrograph showing particles of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus that emerged in 2012. Credit: NIAID

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking a commercialization partner for a rapid, portable viral diagnostic for RNA viruses.

Rapid diagnostics are critical elements of an effective response to viral outbreaks, but are limited by both available technology and implementation. ORNL researchers have developed a diagnostic for active, acute viral infection using a highly fieldable, and nearly reagentless system protocol whereby signal is dependent on active viral replication within infected cells.

This technology was originally developed using federal funds and selected for further development under the laboratory’s Technology Innovation Program (TIP). TIP supports technology development using royalties from existing technology licenses to accelerate the market readiness of high potential technologies.

The ORNL Technology Transfer Office will accept licensing applications through November 16, 2014. License applications will be evaluated based on prospective partners’ ability and commitment to successfully commercialize the technology.

Additional background and technical information may be found on the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Technology Transfer website.

The effort is being overseen by UT-Battelle, LLC, acting under its Prime Contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the management and operation of ORNL.


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