A research and development scientist at Hologic Inc. operates a Panther machine, which tests samples for the virus that causes COVID-19. Photo courtesy of Hologic Inc.

A research and development scientist at Hologic Inc. operates a Panther machine, which tests samples for the virus that causes COVID-19. Photo courtesy of Hologic Inc.

The U.S. Army awarded Hologic Inc. (Nasdaq: HOLX) a three-year, $178.5 million contract for Panther Fusion SARS-CoV-2 assays, Aptima SARS-CoV-2 assays, multiplex test kits and associated reagents and consumables. Hologic’s diagnostics business is based in San Diego. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. The deal is expected to run until May 2, 2024. The U.S. Army Health Contracting Activity of San Antonio, Texas, awarded the contract, announced on May 3. ...