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Maryland Firm Introduces New Health Technology

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A couple from Maryland is attempting to improve health care around the world while creating jobs locally. Nenad and Olivera Markovic have spent years designing a low-cost test kit that women in poor countries could use to detect cervical cancer early on.

Their firm, "MarkPap" in Rockville, Md., is carrying out a five-year pilot program, providing 1 million tests to six of China's 22 provinces.

Cervical cancer has become relatively rare in the U.S., but in many countries there is a shortage of pathologists to interpret test results. MarkPap provides results via computer or cellphone.

The firm has 10 people on staff and is working with the Shady Grove Innovation Center, an incubator aimed at encouraging business in the life sciences sector. The Markovics say as their company grows they hope to hire more pathologists. The next step is to offer the kits in India.

Kate Sheehy reports...

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