Category Archives: Medical

UTMB named collaborating center for research on vaccines

University of Texas Medical Branch UTMB

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston announced on Friday that it recently received an international designation from the World Health Organization enabling the university to lead emerging disease vaccine efforts. UTMB’s Sealy Center for Vaccine Development was … Read More »

FDA warns of fraudulent ebola treatments


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday that consumers should be aware of fraudulent products sold online that claim to prevent or treat the ebola virus. The FDA said that it has seen and received consumer complaints regarding … Read More »

BARDA awards $14 million to Neumedicines to develop radiation countermeasure


Neumedicines, Inc., a biotechnology company, announced on Thursday that it received a $14 million award from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) for the development of a medical countermeasure for radiation exposure. HemaMax, also known as recombinant human … 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 »

NIAID exercises additional options for hemorrhagic fever treatment


BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., announced on Wednesday that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) exercised additional options to conduct Phase I clinical trials of an intramuscular formulation of its hemorrhagic fever disease treatment BCX4430. The options, along with … Read More »

Corgenix, VHFC begin development of Ebola rapid diagnostic test kit


Corgenix Medical Corporation, a diagnostic kit developer, announced on Monday that it joined the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium (VHFC) to begin work on the development of an Ebola rapid diagnostic test kit. Corgenix and members of the VHFC, a collaboration … Read More »

Microbiologist receives DoD contract to research tularemia vaccine

Karl Klose

Karl Klose, a microbiologist at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), received a contract to conduct research to close the gap on developing a tularemia vaccine, the university said on Monday. Tularemia, also known as rabbit fever, is … Read More »

WHO bioethics panel approves use of experimental ebola treatments


A panel of bioethicists and other experts convened by the World Health Organization said on Monday that in light the ongoing ebola outbreak in West Africa, it is ethical to use experimental treatments. The panel said the particular circumstances of … 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 »

USAID commits more than $12 billion to West African Ebola response

U.S. Agency for International Development

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced last week that it would contribute more than $12 million in additional funding to help stop the West African Ebola outbreak. Since the outbreak was first reported in March, USAID committed $14.55 … Read More »

California health authorities find ebola does not pose significant threat to state

Ron Chapman

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said on Friday that ebola poses no significant threat to Californians. CDPH Director Ron Chapman said that the state is still closely monitoring the situation and taking steps to keep Californians safe. “It … Read More »

CDC updates ebola information for U.S. clinicians


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided an update to clinicians in U.S. hospitals and health clinics on Sunday on how to recognize and treat the ebola virus. The CDC said that ebola can be confused in the early … Read More »

Children infected with Ebola may require different treatment regimens


Children with Ebola virus disease (EVD) may benefit from different treatment regimens than adults, according to a study recently published in Emerging Infectious Diseases. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used a series of multiplex assays to … Read More »