Author Archives: Paul Tinder

Date set for Wisconsin’s 48th annual emergency management conference

Wisconsin Emergency Management

The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs Division of Emergency Management announced on Saturday that the 48th annual Governor’s Conference on Emergency Management & Homeland Security will take place on March 11-12. The conference, which will be held at the Hilton … Read More »

PositiveID ships M-BAND to Korean Peninsula for testing


PositiveID Corporation, a biological detection systems developer, announced on Wednesday that one of its detection systems has been sent to the Korean Peninsula for testing to protect the U.S. military. The company’s Microfluidic-based Bioagent Autonomous Networked Detector (M-BAND) was sent … Read More »

WHO provides update on Ebola virus outbreak


The World Health Organization announced on Tuesday that there were 113 new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) between August 14-16 and 84 deaths in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia and Guinea. The reported cases included laboratory-confirmed, suspect and probable cases. … Read More »

Smiths Detection scanner receives ECAC regulatory approval


Smiths Detection, a security solutions company, announced on Monday that its HI-SCAN 10080 XCT Explosives Detection System achieved an approval milestone with the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC). XCT was the first hold baggage screener to gain ECAC Standard 3 … Read More »

Exelis CEO Melcher wins national defense award


Exelis, a defense company, announced on Monday that David Melcher, the company’s president and CEO, was recognized by the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) for his contribution to national defense. The AUSA Council of Trustees presented Melcher with the … Read More »

Clinicians may be right to exercise caution with experimental Ebola treatments

Eric Toner

Given the many unanswered questions related to ZMapp, an experimental Ebola treatment, clinicians may be right in exercising caution about using the drug, according to an editorial published on Thursday in Clinicians’ Biosecurity News. Eric Toner, a senior associate at … Read More »

Saint Louis University studies experimental anthrax vaccines


Saint Louis University‘s (SLU) Center for Vaccine Development is investigating two experimental anthrax vaccines to compare the safety and ability of the vaccines to trigger an immune response against the bioterror threat. The two experimental anthrax vaccines, which are manufactured … Read More »

NIH awards $14.5 million grant to OMRF for anthrax studies

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) announced on Wednesday that it received a five-year, $14.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue its research on anthrax. Mark Coggeshall, an OMRF scientist, and his colleagues have studied … Read More »

NAMRU-6 Head of Virology Bausch plays major role in response to Ebola outbreak

Daniel Bausch

Daniel Bausch, the head of the Virology and Emerging Infections Department for U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 (NAMRU-6), has played a significant role in responding to the West African Ebola outbreak. Bausch visited the region twice since the … Read More »

G-CON Manufacturing launches disease containment system

Maik Jornitz

  G-CON Manufacturing, Inc., a biomanufacturing company, announced on Tuesday that it launched a transmissible disease containment (TDC) system to serve as a cleanroom system to support TDC needs. The system, which is called the TDC POD, is a readily … Read More »

MSF says WHO Ebola declaration must translate to action


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an international medical aid organization, said on Friday that the world must take action against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Bart Janssens, the director of operations for MSF, said the recent declaration by the World … Read More »

House subcommittee holds hearing on Ebola threat

Ed Royce

The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations held a hearing called “Combating the Ebola Threat” on Thursday. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said the hearing took place despite … Read More »

Minnesota DPS HSEM hosts radiological emergency preparedness drill

Minnesota Department of Public Safety

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety‘s (DPS) Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) recently hosted its annual radiological emergency preparedness exercise to prepare for emergencies. HSEM conducted the drill, which consisted of a simulated attack by armed terrorists, … Read More »

Emergent BioSolutions submits license application for anthrax immune globulin


Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., a specialty biopharmaceutical company, announced on Thursday that it submitted a biologics license application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for anthrax immune globulin intravenous (human) (AIGIV). The application is part of a development contract … Read More »

Soligenix advances development of anthrax vaccine


Soligenix, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, announced the results on Thursday of a new study that showed improved immunogenicity and rapid action of VeloThrax, the company’s anthrax vaccine. VeloThrax, Soligenix’s proprietary domain negative inhibitor (DNI) anthrax recombinant protective antigen (rPA) … Read More »