Anthrax vaccine performs in elevated temperatures


Soligenix published data Thursday demonstrating a “heat-stable” anthrax vaccine called VeloThrax. The company, a late-stage biopharmaceutical company that develops products to address needs in biodefense, inflammation and oncology, said the vaccine was able to withstand extreme temperatures and didn’t need … Read More »

Analyst report: PositiveID’s future looks bright


With its recent announcement that it had completed design of its FireflyDx second-phase prototype, PositiveID received a positive stock analysis today. The FireflyDX is a real-time handheld polymerase chain reaction pathogen detection system being developed by the company. Although PositiveID’s … Read More »

MDH to aid in university measles case


The Minnesota Health Department (MHD) announced Wednesday that it will step in to help University of Minnesota and Hennepin County officials in the treatment and management of a university student who has measles. Both MDH and Fairview Hospital, where the … Read More »

Scientists work toward film detector for CWAs


The American Chemical Society (ACS) reported Wednesday that researchers are making progress toward the development of detection films to warn against chemical warfare agents (CWA). Timothy Swager and Jonathan Weis, the authors of the study “Thiophene-Fused Tropones as Chemical Warfare … Read More »

FEMA seeks executive officer


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is accepting applications for executive officer of the National Continuity Programs Directorate in its Washington, D.C., office. Qualified applicants should show evidence of ability to guide administrative finances, advising leadership on programs in national … Read More »

Sorensen Legacy Foundation donates to Ebola relief groups in Africa


The Sorenson Legacy Foundation said Wednesday that it had granted a total of $1.5 million to three international health organizations to help fight the Ebola virus. Samaritan’s Purse, Doctors Without Borders and International Medical Corps all received funding to help … Read More »

Organic ‘safety switches’ may help prevent bioterror attacks


Scientists have developed “safety switches” for human-made biological organisms, a report on a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences said. The study was done by researchers from the University of Edinburgh and New York … Read More »

Studies indicate single-dose vaccine protects against anthrax


Immunovaccine Inc. (IMV) announced Wednesday that early studies of three recombinant protective antigen (rPA) single-dose vaccines have been shown to protect animal models against anthrax infection. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is leading the study, which involved giving a … Read More »

Cubic receives $500 million contract to support DTRA training

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Mission Support Services, a division of Cubic Corp., was awarded a $500 million contract with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) on Wednesday. DTRA works under the U.S. Department of Defense as the agency that handles combat support. Cubic will … Read More »

Biodetection technologies guide now a mobile app


The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) recently announced it has made the most recent edition of the “Biodetection Technologies for First Reponders” guide available for mobile devices, according to the First Reponders website. The guide is published by PNNL in … Read More »

LANL introduces Biosurveillance Gateway


A team of scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) introduced an online system Monday that centralizes the lab’s biosurveillance news, information, research and resources. The Biosurveillance Gateway allows researchers from around the world to access data and other … Read More »

Emergency medicine specialist: U.S. preparedness falls short


When it comes to preparedness for a biological attack or natural outbreak, U.S. readiness has improved, but is “not quite there,” Carl Herman Schultz told BioPrepWatch on Tuesday. Schultz is the Disaster Medical Services director, the EMS and Disaster Medical … Read More »

Xenex secures $25 million for R&D, expansion


Xenex Disinfection Services said on Tuesday that it had secured $25 million in new funding to help increase product development, international expansion and sales in the U.S. Xenex, an automated environmental disinfection technology company, also said the funding included continued … Read More »

FEMA seeking applicants to serve on National Advisory Council


The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking applicants to serve on its National Advisory Council (NAC). The NAC advises the FEMA administrator on areas involving emergency management strategies, plans and frameworks. The council was created to help ensure … Read More »