ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Santa Fe-based company marketing technology to rapidly test for bacterial lung infections is headed to Washington, D.C. after winning a spot on an elite national listing of top university startups.

Avisa Pharma Inc., which licensed its breath-test technology from the University of New Mexico, is one of 35 companies nationwide that will earn the title of Best University Startups for 2016, compiled by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer, or NCET2. A total of 200 startups are competing, and Avisa is one of 18 included in the first round of winners who will present their technologies to potential investors and Fortune 500 representatives at a University Startups Demo Day on September 20 in the U.S. capitol.

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