Biological

BARDA Transatlantic Taskforce launches fourth phase to counter antimicrobial resistance

The fourth implementation phase of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority’s (BARDA) Transatlantic Taskforce for Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR) began…

7 days ago

BARDA taps procurement option for approximately $112.5 million of SIGA oral smallpox treatment

Through a contract with SIGA Technologies, Inc., the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) has exercised a procurement option…

1 week ago

NY Gov. Hochul announces $40 million Biodefense Commercialization Fund

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Thursday that her state would open up a $40 million Biodefense Commercialization Fund to…

2 weeks ago

Report: 20 years after 9/11, America still not fully prepared for public health emergencies

A new report from Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) has found that 20 years after the September 11 attacks on…

2 weeks ago

Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense lauds Biden’s Pandemic Preparedness Plan, but urges more funding

The Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense last week applauded the Biden Administration’s work on a new $65.3 billion American Pandemic Preparedness…

2 weeks ago

House bill proposes support for Americans affected by mysterious Havana Syndrome

A new House bill introduced by United States Reps. Mike Turner (R-OH), Jason Crow (D-CO), and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) --…

3 weeks ago

HHS fills vacant public posts on tick-borne illness advisory group

New voices were added to the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Tick-Borne Disease Working Group this…

4 weeks ago

BARDA accepting partners to create diagnostic assays for respiratory RNA viral pathogens

The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) placed a call for partners this week to aid the organization in…

4 weeks ago

Congressional watchdog: HHS, DHS, DOD, USDA must mutually prepare for biological threats

While key federal agencies prepared interagency response plans and conducted 74 interagency exercises from 2009 through 2019 to prepare for…

1 month ago

Battelle touts efforts combatting chemical, biological threats

Battelle recently showcased its Resource Effective Bioidentification System (REB+) and Multi-Threat Decontamination System (MTDS) as a means of demonstrating efforts…

1 month ago

DARPA selects three teams to develop novel therapeutics through HEALR program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently selected three teams to support the Harnessing Enzymatic Activity for Lifesaving Remedies (HEALR)…

1 month ago

NTI | bio virtual workshop showcases international effort to approach unknown biological threats

For two days at the end of July, NTI | bio organized a virtual workshop of more than 40 international…

1 month ago

CARB-X celebrates fifth anniversary, $361M invested into innovative therapeutics

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the founding of Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator (CARB-X), a global non-profit partnership…

2 months ago

Measure seeks domestic genomics protections

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is encouraging Senate passage of his legislation, The Genomics Data Security Act (S.1744), which establishes…

2 months ago

Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security proposes 13 initiatives to improve future pandemic response

Is the United States prepared for the next pandemic? That question has forced experts to either rethink preparedness strategies or…

3 months ago

DHS seeking component technology support

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program announced last week that it is seeking…

3 months ago

New York City subway system adds chemical, biological threat sensors as part of major safety collaboration

In an effort to keep transportation safe without slowing the flow of traffic, the New York City subway system, together…

3 months ago

U.S. lawmakers seek to fund program supporting academic medical centers in pandemic preparedness, response

A new legislative effort is pushing for a new program to designate academic medical centers as research and communication hubs…

3 months ago

First AMR Preparedness Index finds UK, US top charts tackling rising antimicrobial resistance threat

A new report from the Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), a first…

3 months ago

Sens. Merkley, Wyden introduce legislation banning government use of biometric technology

U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) led a group of eight lawmakers who introduced legislation this week…

3 months ago

Rep. McCaul, Sen. Risch urge Biden administration to impose sanctions on Russia for Navalny poisoning

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Sen. James Risch (R-ID) called on President Joe Biden to immediately impose legally mandated…

3 months ago

Pending legislation would revamp Strategic National Stockpile

Proposed congressional legislation would overhaul the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), expand domestic manufacturing of medical supplies and improve America’s preparedness…

3 months ago

Senate unanimously advances legislation to support “Havana Syndrome” victims

The Senate unanimously advanced Monday legislation designed to support American public servants who have incurred brain injuries from likely directed…

4 months ago

Experimental oral antiviral shows potential against COVID-19 in cell culture study

According to new research from National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists at the Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health…

4 months ago

CARB-X funds earmarked for antibiotics research

Basel, Switzerland-based pharmaceutical company BioVersys has secured a $4.35 million funding allotment from CARB-X to develop new antibiotics to treat…

4 months ago

Biden’s budget blueprint ramps up HHS, CDC preparedness and response funding

President Joe Biden’s first budget proposal would authorize the largest funding increase in nearly two decades for the Centers for…

4 months ago

NTI | bio virtually gathers global experts to address biotechnology risks, life sciences oversight

The nonprofit Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) | bio virtually convened an interdisciplinary group of experts and world leaders earlier this…

4 months ago

A pandemic-free future requires public-private partnerships, government leadership

Academia and the private sector must be in a collaborative relationship with the United States government to invest in the…

4 months ago

Phase 2 study shows Emergent BioSolutions’ chikungunya vaccine candidate can protect for two years

A phase two clinical study of the Emergent BioSolutions, Inc. chikungunya virus vaccine candidate has been shown to spur antibodies,…

4 months ago

WHO teams up with Switzerland to launch BioHub for sharing, storing and analyzing pathogens globally

As part of a new Memorandum of Understanding between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Swiss Confederation, the first…

4 months ago

GAO: How Congress should ensure BioWatch replacement

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Friday issued risk mitigation steps that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)…

4 months ago

CARB-X to invest up to $4.1M into Summit Therapeutics antibiotic for CRE-caused multidrug-resistant infections

Up to $4.1 million in non-dilutive funding from nonprofit CARB-X was announced this week for Summit Therapeutics to help develop…

4 months ago

Trust for America’s Health calls for robust public health system funding

America’s historically underfunded public health system played a major role in the nation’s laggard COVID-19 response, according to a new…

5 months ago

More than 60 U.S. lawmakers urge House appropriators for more funds to address antimicrobial resistance

In a call backed by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), a bipartisan collection of more than 60 United…

5 months ago

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