Alan Fine with his blood testing device. Fine is a neuroscientist at Dalhousie University and the founder of Alentic Microsciences. (Paul Withers/CBC)

Halifax-made blood testing device heading to International Space Station

A Halifax medical technology company that believes it has discovered the holy grail in rapid diagnostic blood testing is getting nearly $3 million from the federal government.

Led by Dalhousie University neuroscientist and founder Alan Fine, Alentic Microsciences has patented a hand-held device that can analyze a tiny amount of blood, producing test results on the spot almost immediately.

“It is going to produce health-care benefits for the public at large. It is going to lower the costs of delivery of health care,” Fine told CBC News Monday, after the company received a $2.92-million loan from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

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