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Ellume founder’s pandemic bet pays off as Biden orders 8m COVID kits
Jacob Greber, United States Correspondent, Financial Review
Ellume co-founder and the Biden administration’s pick to make 8.5 million almost-immediate home COVID-19 tests, Sean Parsons, has lamented Canberra’s lack of interest in his company’s technology and a dearth of US-style co-operation between industry, academia and the military.
“That interaction isn’t the same here in Australia,” Dr Parsons said in an interview on Tuesday hours after the White House announced a $US230 million ($302 million) Pentagon deal to buy Ellume’s smartphone-based diagnostic kits.
“It’s often how new technologies are supported in the early years by America and it feels like that’s not the case here,” the Brisbane-based chief executive said.
The Ellume deal made news on Monday (Tuesday AEDT) across the US, where businesses, consumers and governments are screaming out for technology-based solutions to the country’s raging pandemic, which claimed another 1864 lives on Monday and produced 113,000 new cases.
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