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NYU-Poly Professor Among First Winners of BioAccelerate NYC Prize; Project May Move Diagnostic Medicine from the Lab to the Palm of a Hand
Date:5/3/2010

NEW YORK, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The future of diagnostic medicine may lie in an inexpensive credit card-sized device that requires no advanced training to operate, uses minimal power and provides high-accuracy detection of infectious diseases from a single patient sample in less than 30 minutes.

Dr. Kalle Levon, professor of chemical and biological science at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly), is one critical step closer to turning this concept into reality as one of six winners of the first BioAccelerate NYC Prize, a $1.5 million grant created to fuel the growth of life science and biotech businesses in New York City.

Each BioAccelerate NYC winner will receive a $250,000 grant to conduct late-stage, proof-of-concept research on products to improve health and wellness. BioAccelerate NYC is a project of the Partnership for New York City and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).

Dr. Levon's proposal -- the sole winner to address a diagnostic issue -- tackles the inefficiencies of infectious disease diagnostics including high cost, lengthy result times, bulky equipment and the need for large sample sizes and highly trained personnel.  


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