Category Archives: Medical

Head of U.N. Ebola response stresses importance of stopping virus before rainy season

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Peter Jan Graaff, during his first week as the secretary-general’s acting special representative and head of the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, declared his commitment to stopping the Ebola outbreak. “We have made great progress in fighting the virus, … Read More »

Bruker unveils rapid blood detection kit

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At the 25th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in Copenhagen, Denmark on Monday, Bruker Corp. introduced a new rapid detection kit and workflow system for the rapid detection of microorganisms in blood. The In Vitro Detection (IVD) MALDI … Read More »

WHO official praises Liberia’s Ebola response

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World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director Matshidiso Moeti recognized Liberian efforts to combat the Ebola virus during a special appearance on Thursday. She also said Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf demonstrated leadership and that her actions and the work of the … Read More »

Cleveland Biolabs receives DOD funding recommendation

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The Department of Defense (DOD) recently issued a recommendation to support the further research and development into entolimod, a medical radiation countermeasure from Cleveland Biolabs, Inc. In animal models, the compound showed efficacy in treating and preventing fatality following high … Read More »

Experts: Appropriations needed for faster outbreak responses

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Last year’s emergency funding to address the Ebola virus outbreak helped with the U.S. government’s response, public health officials told lawmakers Wednesday at a Committee on Appropriations hearing, but they added that more consistent appropriations are necessary to ensure fast … Read More »

Response Biomedical reaches co-development milestone

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Response Biomedical Corp. reached its third earning milestone in a development project with Hangzhou Joinstar Biomedical Technology Co. Ltd., the company announced Tuesday. It reached the $360,000 mark after the successful delivery of components in a rapid immunoassay analyzer in … Read More »

Sandia’s new anthrax detector lowers risk to first responders, lab testers

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Sandia National Laboratories, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has a new self-contained, credit-card-sized device on the market, which can both detect the bacteria that cause anthrax and reduce the risk of infection to first responders and laboratory testers. The bacterium that … Read More »

PharmAthene gets $5.8 million for SparVax contract

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Biodefense company PharmAthene, Inc. received a one-time payment of $5.8 million Thursday from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). The payment was made to reconcile the actual and provisional rates on the performance of the company’s anthrax vaccine … Read More »

FDA issues partial hold on Tekmira’s Ebola vaccine trials

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Clinical trials of Tekmira Pharmaceutical’s Ebola vaccine candidate have been issued a partial hold by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the company announced on Friday. The order was issued to allow the company to engage in multiple dosage practices … Read More »

Profectus Ebola vaccine shown to be effective

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A vaccine candidate against Ebola virus disease from Profectus BioSciences Inc. has shown to be effective in prevention during pre-clinical trials, the company announced on Thursday. The VesculoVax platform has demonstrated its efficacy against the Makona strain of the disease … Read More »

Cepheid appoints Daskal new executive vice president

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Ilan Daskal has been appointed to serve as Cepheid’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, the company announced on Tuesday, with responsibilities including worldwide financial operations, information technology and investor relations management. Cepheid specializes in molecular diagnostics and aims to … Read More »

Luminex launches NxTAG Respiratory Pathogen Panel assay

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Luminex Corp. launched its NxTAG Respiratory Pathogen Panel on Monday, an assay the company said can detect 22 pathogens in a single test. The company said the device utilizes reagents that already have been pre-plated, which allows preparation for the … Read More »

Providence Health and Services seeks emergency and trauma services line director

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Providence Health and Services is looking to hire a director for the emergency and trauma services line at the Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, Wash. This person would lead the development of services within the … Read More »

GSK to open vaccine-research facility in Maryland

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GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) said on Thursday that it plans to open a global vaccine research and development facility in Rockville, Maryland. The U.K.-based company said the facility will allow it to boost its U.S. presence and will join others based in … Read More »

DARPA project focuses on immunity in fight against resistant pathogens

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing a program to combat drug resistance in pathogens with a change in pharmaceutical focus, the agency said on Tuesday. The Technologies for Host Resilience (THoR) aims to develop technology and treatment … Read More »