CombiMatrix to collaborate on bird flu early detection system

May 4, 2006 – Acacia Research Corporation (Nasdaq:CBMX)(Nasdaq:ACTG) announced that its CombiMatrix group will collaborate with the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory influenza testing. It’s part of an effort to monitor the Pacific Flyway to determine if the seasonal migration of birds will bring the highly pathogenic Eurasian strain of Avian Influenza into North America and the United States.

The Pacific Flyway includes Alaska, Western Canada and the West Coast of the United States including Washington State.

CombiMatrix representatives say its influenza monitoring system has shown in laboratory tests that it can confirm and type the infection in four hours instead of a week, which is what many other tests take. The company is participating in this study to try and validate laboratory test results in a similar timeframe in the field.


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