Category Archives: Medical

BioMARC awarded grant to help develop Ebola vaccine for soldiers


The Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing and Academic Resource Center (BioMARC) at Colorado State University was awarded a $2 million contract from the Department of Defense to aid in the development of an Ebola vaccine, it was announced this week. More than 3,400 … Read More »

Fujifilm to acquire Kalon Biotherapeutics

Fujifilm Diosynth

Fujifilm Diosynth Biothechnologies U.S.A., Inc., (FDBU) will acquire Kalon Biotherapeutics, LLC, in a deal that was finalized on Monday. Kalon, which was founded in 2011 by the Texas A&M University System, is a biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing organization specializing in vaccine … Read More »

U.S. Army to evaluate Ebola vaccine candidates


The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) will test the validity of potential Ebola treatment options as part of an agreement signed on Monday with NanoViricides, Inc. The current Ebola outbreak has spurned forward the pressing issue … Read More »

CDC Director Frieden endorses Firestone Liberia’s method of Ebola treatment

Tom Frieden

Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, commended Firestone Liberia, Inc.,  on Tuesday for limiting the spread of Ebola in the country. “I went to see the Firestone hospital in Liberia at the … Read More »

Single-dose anthrax vaccine shows promise in testing phase


A non-human primate study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) using an anthrax vaccine from Immunovaccine, Inc., found significant immunity to anthrax after only a single dose, the company reported today. Researcher’s from the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy … Read More »

Sarepta Therapeutics to publish Ebola, Marburg study results


Two experimental compounds to prevent the spread of the Ebola and Marburg viruses showed promise in recent initial human testing by Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. In two separate studies, 30 healthy adult volunteers were given up to 9 milligrams of AVI-6002, … Read More »

NIH supports development of Ebola vaccine

Microscopic view of the Ebola virus

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is sponsoring a research project to develop a vaccine to prevent rabies and Ebola. Scientists at Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) and NIAID … Read More »

NTRR, partner offer free antimicrobial coating to first responders

Neutra Corp

Neutra Corp (NTRR) and joint-venture partner Surface to Air Solutions are offering an antimicrobial coating that can destroy pathogens and viruses on contact to first responders, especially in and around Dallas, where a man died of Ebola recently. The product … Read More »

CDC, Doctors Without Borders assist Uganda with Marburg containment


Doctors without Borders and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working with Uganda’s Ministry of Health to train health workers in prevention, treatment and control of Marburg at the Mengo Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. The training … Read More »

Homeland Security chairman opens hearing for government coordination on combating Ebola

Michael McCaul

Opening comments at a hearing on government coordination for combating Ebola were made on Friday by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security. In McCaul’s opening at the hearing, titled Ebola in the Homeland: The … Read More »

Response BioMedical, Canada sign sepsis test development deal

Response Biomedical

The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) and Response Biomedical Corporation signed a funding agreement last week worth more than $400,000 to develop a new rapid test for sepsis. Response Biomedical Corporation will use the funding … Read More »

FDA highlights regulatory science collaborations aimed at emergency preparedness efforts


The Federal Drug Administration’s FDA Voice publication recently highlighted collaborations between regulatory organizations in the science community that enhance emergency preparedness efforts Director of Regulatory Science Programs in the FDA’s Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats Jean Hu-Primmer outlined several … Read More »

Hampton biology department awarded $900,000 to research infectious disease

Joanne Chan

Hampton University researchers received a $900,000 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Tuesday to develop treatment options against select pathogens and protection measures. The initiative is lead … Read More »

Mississippi reviews response plans for health emergencies

Maryland Emergency Management Agency

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and several state agencies are working to create a coordinated response to public health emergencies and provide a briefing to Gov. Phil Bryant at the State Emergency Operations Center on Wednesday. “I understand the … Read More »

Texas creates infectious disease task force

Rick Perry

Dr. Brett P. Giroir will lead the newly created Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response, which will assess the state’s readiness level for response to pandemic diseases such as Ebola, Gov. Rick Perry announced on Monday. The … Read More »