Author Archives: Bryan Cohen

Army develops smartphone bioterror detection system

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A team of researchers under the U.S. Army’s Research Development and Engineering Command recently developed a biological and chemical detection system that sends information to a soldier’s smartphone. The researchers developed volatile organic compound strips that work with a device … Read More »

Wyoming Homeland Security to host emergency kit cook-off

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The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security recently announced that it will hold an emergency kit cook-off to educate Wyoming residents on preparedness in a fun and entertaining way. In conjunction with the Wyoming Citizen Corps Council and Suncor Energy, the … Read More »

San Mateo County to conduct emergency drill

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Emergency response teams in San Mateo County, California, will conduct a countywide exercise on April 17 to simulate the mass distribution of medicine during a health emergency. Community emergency response teams will practice delivering large amounts of medicine and medical … Read More »

Elusys validates manufacturing process for anthrax antitoxin

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Elusys Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing antibody therapies for infectious diseases, announced on Tuesday that it completed validation of the commercial manufacturing process for ETI-204, an anthrax antitoxin. ETI-204 is now undergoing Phase III clinical trials in healthy volunteers … Read More »

Operations officer sought by EMBC

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Emergency Management British Columbia is seeking an operations officer in British Columbia, according to a hiring notice posted on Wednesday on iaem.com. The job will vary bi-weekly from no hours to full-time hours depending on operational demand and may require … Read More »

PharmAthene presents data on SparVax anthrax vaccine

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PharmAthene, a biodefense company, announced on Tuesday that it recently presented data from its SparVax next-generation anthrax vaccine program at the 8th annual New Technologies, New Vaccines conference in Wilmington, Delaware. Bradford Powell, the director of analytical sciences at PharmAthene, … Read More »

Personnel security specialist sought by FEMA

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is seeking a personnel security specialist in Washington, according to a hiring notice posted on Tuesday on usajobs.gov. The two-year, temporary, full-time position requires extensive travel in support of emergency operations to relocate to emergency … Read More »

W.S. Darley & Co. distributes robots to first responders

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W.S. Darley & Company, a product developer for first responders, announced on Monday that it is now distributing iRobot’s line of tactical mobile robots to the emergency and fire service markets. iRobot’s tactical mobile robots perform multiple missions for public … Read More »

Immunovaccine, Pfenex report positive results from anthrax vaccine studies

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Immunovaccine, Inc., and Pfenex, Inc., announced positive results on Tuesday from anthrax challenge studies in rabbits in which most subjects were protected against a lethal anthrax challenge at a range of antigen doses. The studies used Pfenex’s mutant recombinant protective … Read More »

GAO issues report on MCM study

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The Government Accountability Office recently released a report on its study into flexible manufacturing initiatives funded by the Department of Health and Human Services to develop medical countermeasures. The GAO conducted the study because the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization … Read More »

ICI signs agreement with ICCSS

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The International CBRNE Institute announced on Monday that it signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Centre for Chemical Safety and Security. The agreement, signed on March 5, governs the relevant procedures for cooperation between the ICI and the … Read More »

Emergency planning manager sought by Vancouver OEM

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The city of Vancouver’s Office of Emergency Management is seeking an emergency planning manager in Vancouver, British Columbia, according to a hiring notice posted on Saturday on iaem.com. The full-time position will be one of two senior professional management positions … Read More »

Emergency management specialist sought by UC Riverside

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The University of California at Riverside is seeking an emergency management specialist in Riverside, California, according to a hiring notice posted on Wednesday on iaem.com. The individual hired for the full-time position will serve as part of the university’s environmental … Read More »

BIO appoints new senior vice president of science policy

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The Biotechnology Industry Organization announced on Thursday that Kay Holcombe will join the trade organization’s staff as the new senior vice president of science policy in April. Holcombe most recently served as the vice president of Food and Drug Administration … Read More »

BARDA awards five contracts to support MCM studies network

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The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority recently awarded five contracts in support of the Medical Countermeasure Clinical Studies Network that will generate trial data to evaluate countermeasures. BARDA awarded the contracts to Technical Resources International, Inc., Rho Federal Systems … Read More »