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Focus Technologies West Nile testing

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Herndon, Va.-based firm files 510(k) with FDA for West Nile virus IgM and IgG ELISA diagnostic kits June 25 upon completion of clinical trials. Focus began shipping WNV flavivirus reagents to commercial and public labs in April (1"The Gray Sheet" May 5, 2003, In Brief)...

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