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REGIONAL VIEW northern virginia


Company develops single test to identify infectious diseases by Stephenie Overman


doctors to identify infectious diseases through a single test, says it has now received a total of $6 million from the National Science Foundation, as well as a $100,000 grant from Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology. There’s an urgent


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need for Aperiomics’ services because standard laboratory tests fail, up to 75 percent of the time, to identify pathogens that cause infection, says Crystal Icenhour, the company’s co-founder and CEO. “The traditional health-


care system has never had the right tools to see what’s going on. We have the tool, and our goal is to change everything about how infections are identified,” Icenhour says. Founded in late 2013, the company launched its clinical services in November 2016 and received its first samples that December. Its customers


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McLean-based contractor Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. announced the acquisition of Morphick, which has about 40 employees and is based in the Cincinnati area. Terms were not disclosed. Booz expects the deal to close by the end of the year. Morphick, founded in 2015, landed $10 million in funding about a year ago. Booz did not release the company’s revenue. The acquisition gives Booz access to Morphick’s technology, which allows companies to adapt to cyber threats by analyzing the attackers’ behaviors and strategies and devising ways to respond. (Washington Business Journal)


shburn-based Aperiomics, a


company that allows


Aperiomics CEO Crystal Icenhour says its customers mainly are doctors treating long-term, unidentifi able infections.


Icenhour says. “They lose tissues and organs because of infections. They lose 40 percent of pediatric cardiac


tissue due to bacteria. Aperiomics is helping them to solve this issue so ultimately they can save more people.” Aperiomics has a number


mainly are doctors treating patients with long-term, unidentifiable infections, says Icenhour. “Some people have suffered for decades and have not been able to find any answer. “Right now, we tend to


fall into the category of [the option of] last resort, but we want to be the first option because logically we fit best


Reston audience measurement company comScore is looking for a new leader after it announced that CEO and co-founder Gian Fulgoni intends to retire, effective Jan. 30. ComScore also is looking into strategic options for the company, which could include a sale. The move comes after comScore settled a lawsuit with shareholder and activist investor Starboard Value. That deal gave Starboard and comScore the same number of board seats, with the option for Starboard to nominate another director, giving it a majority if comScore fails to file financial documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission by March 31, 2018. It was its failure to file those financial documents that led to comScore’s delisting


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as a first response,” she adds. That’s because Aperiomics can analyze DNA data using its patented technology to identify any known pathogen bacteria, virus, fungi or parasite — in just one test. Aperiomics recently completed a pilot study with Lifenet Heath in Virginia Beach, the country’s largest repository of human tissue,


from Nasdaq earlier this year, and the company has since twice missed its self-imposed filing deadlines (and several previous ones from Nasdaq). (Washington Business Journal)


Falls Church-based CSRA Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Praxis Engineering Technologies Inc. for $235 million in cash. Annapolis Junction, Md.-based Praxis is a consulting and solutions firm dedicated to the application of software and systems engineering technologies. It has more than 350 employees, with the majority of them being software and systems engineers holding top-level security clearances. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions


of projects in the works with other Virginia companies. It has conducted studies with George Washington University’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn and with Falls Church-based Inova Health System. It also is partnering with Xstream Infection Control Inc. in Oakton, which provides equipment that cleans the air in clinical settings.


The company was a


winner in Northern Virginia Chamber’s 2016 Greater Washington Innovation Awards and a finalist in this year’s awards.


and approvals and is expected to be complete by Dec. 29. When the transaction closes, Praxis will become a subsidiary of CSRA LLC. CSRA provides information technology solutions and professional services to government clients. It has 18,000 employees. (News release)


Arlington-based Interstate Hotels & Resorts is


launching a new management division, Intrigue Hotels & Resorts by Interstate, focused on independent properties. Interstate is a hotel management company with a portfolio of 400 hotels, resorts and conference centers. Intrigue offers a management platform that aims to increase revenue


contributions and better cost savings to improve operating margins. The division also will offer a central reservation system integrated with a revenue management platform designed for its independent hotels. (VirginiaBusiness.com)


Reston-based Leidos has landed a contract worth nearly $1 billion to provide IT services to the National Geospatial- Intelligence Agency. The prime contract was awarded by Springfield-based NGA under the Information Technology Enterprise Management User Facing Services program. The firm-fixed price contract has a five-year ordering period with a total ceiling of $988 million. (Washington Business Journal)


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