Enzymatics Inc. announced that it has received a small businessinnovation research (SBIR) grant from the National Institutes ofHealth (NIH) to develop a quantitative, non-instrumented testfor HDL cholesterol.

This test will complement the Horsham, Pa., company's Q.E.D.total cholesterol test, which uses two drops of fingerstick blood.Cholesterol is directly read off a thermometer-like scale inminutes. Test users should be able to combine the new HDL testwith a total cholesterol reading to obtain their HDL ratio, whichhas been shown to be a better predictor of cardiovascularhealth than a total cholesterol value alone.

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