The Alliance for Biosecurity applauded Wednesday’s Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approval of the Medical Countermeasure Innovation Act, S. 2055.
The legislation would accelerate the development of new vaccines and medicines meant to protect American citizens from... Read More »
Immunovaccine, Inc., announced on Wednesday that it will begin a research project toward the development of a vaccine to fight against the emerging Zika virus.
Immunovaccine said the vaccine will be developed using its proprietary DepoVax platform, which has produced some promising results in... Read More »
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Joint Science and Technology Office, along with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, announced this week that a compound demonstrated no adverse effects in its Phase 1 trials against the Ebola virus.
The compound, GS-5734,... Read More »
Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) announced this week that they have developed a new simulation for drug-membrane permeability, increasing the production speed for nerve agent treatments.
By using in-house supercomputers, LLNL researchers are simulating the energy... Read More »
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Wednesday about the continuing danger posed by Zika virus to the Americas and plans to respond to the virus both nationally and internationally.
Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Such... Read More »
The National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced a discovery last week that a single monoclonal antibody isolated from a human Ebola virus disease survivor protected non-human primates from the virus.
The antibody can now advance to testing in humans as a potential... Read More »
The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) announced a collaborative effort on Thursday to establish the “Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (CARB) Biopharmaceutical Accelerator” to help fight against antimicrobial resistance.
The collaboration involves the... Read More »
The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) announced the signing of a series of licensing agreements on Thursday with Biodetech, LLC, allowing the company to utilize the Agents of Biological Origin Identifier (ABOid).
ABOid is a pathogen identification platform developed by... Read More »
The Preparedness Summit announced on Thursday that it would hold a plenary session titled “Making Smart Choices: Disaster Risk Reduction at Home and Abroad” based on disaster risk prevention.
The plenary session will be held on March 20 and will be hosted by leading experts on disaster risk... Read More »
The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) announced at the end of January that it will create open-access datasets for researchers and industry.
To fund this venture, the DoE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) $3 million for two projects... Read More »
More than 200 industry leaders convened in Pittsburgh in early February to discuss the region’s role in cybersecurity information and innovation at the inaugural Cyburgh, PA Initiative Event.
Among those attending the meeting, former Pennsylvania Governor and Secretary of Homeland Security... Read More »
Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., announced on Wednesday that its ruggedized, military-grade auto-injector platform will be tested and developed as a platform for nerve agent antidote delivery by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Battelle.
Emergent’s Emergard platform, selected from several... Read More »
The Brazilian Ministry of Health announced a letter of intent on Friday to collaborate with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston to research and develop a Zika virus vaccine
The initiative of the collaborating will be directed toward the development of joint research... Read More »
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) President and CEO Jim Greenwood released a statement following the Obama administration’s release of its FY 2017 budget proposal.
In his statement, Greenwood decries Obama’s action, warning that budget would directly threaten the goal of... Read More »
INTERPOL and Barclays have announced that they will enter into a private-public partnership in order to enhance the cyber security of both institutions.
As part of the agreement, Barclays will become the first financial institution to have full-time staff operating at the INTERPOL Global Complex... Read More »
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced its research priorities on Friday for studies to investigate how Zika virus infection affects reproduction, pregnancy and the developing fetus.
The virus is currently present in approximately 30 countries and territories, notably in Latin... Read More »
Officials from the World Health Organization, including the director-general, deputy director-general and regional directors of WHO, released a statement in late January following a special session of the executive board on the Ebola outbreak.
The statement came after the conclusion of the... Read More »
The Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities held a hearing on Wednesday entitled "Outside Views on Biodefense for the Department of Defense,” featuring expert testimony from members of the bipartisan Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense to provide an... Read More »
The new Base Ensemble Project, a collaboration between the United Kingdom’s Home Office and the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), aims to create a uniform that will provide emergency first responders with the protection they need.
First Responders often... Read More »
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the 2016 National Snapshot of Public Health Preparedness on Thursday detailing the public health threats that currently face the country at large.
The report illustrates how federal investments enhance the nation’s ability to... Read More »
The United Stated Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) facilities to support establishing new animal tests/models for the development of biological medical countermeasures against biological threats, influenza and emerging infectious... Read More »
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) announced last week that the organization has signed a charter creating a task force on transportation.
"New business models in passenger carriage and a number of prominent rail accidents have brought renewed prominence to... Read More »
Sandia National Laboratories is participating in the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium’s efforts to modernize the U.S.’s electrical grid and using its expertise in grid modernization to take the lead in the area of security and resilience.
“Sandia has decades of experience in... Read More »
In an issue this month for the medical journal Clinical Trials, leading researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), described the series of challenges and lessons learned to prevent future outbreaks.
Among... Read More »
As part of a year-in-review process, the Center for Disease Control recently outlined the steps of the Ebola recovery process in the Western African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
While the disease had a deadly impact in 2015, its spread had already diminished. In January 2015,... Read More »
AAP Gateway, a department of the American Association of Pediatrics, released a report for February shedding light onto the ongoing problem regarding medical countermeasures (MCM) during emergencies, disasters and terrorism.
While major outlets that specialize in MCMs have made headway,... Read More »
Spiceworks recently released a new survey of IT security professionals that found that internal end users - employees - are among the greatest threats to network security in the coming year.
The study found that though 80 percent of the organizations surveyed in 2015 had experienced some kind... Read More »
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), announced in December that it will be soliciting research proposals to develop technologies for detecting and recovering from cyberattacks on critical U.S. infrastructure.
The agency said that the venture focuses on early attack detection,... Read More »
Worldwide drug manufacturer Merck recently announced that its application for Emergency Use Assessment and Listing (EUAL) for the company’s Ebola Zaire vaccine (V920) has been accepted for review by the World Health Organization.
The EUAL is designed specifically to expedite the availability... Read More »
The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National cheap jerseys Laboratory (ORNL) has developed a device that uses micro-fabricated bioreactors to facilitate the on-demand production of therapeutic proteins for medicines and biopharmaceuticals in an effort to saves lives in remote locations.
ORNL... Read More »