Category Archives: Medical

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 »

FDA opens biodefense laboratory complex in White Oak, Md.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) opened a new biodefense laboratory complex at the White Oak Campus in White Oak, Maryland, on Sept. 26. “This complex is primarily viewed as a laboratory for investigators working for the Center for Biologics … Read More »

Family of Dallas County Ebola patient issued public health control order

Texas Department of Health

Texas and Dallas County health officials issued close family members of the Dallas Ebola patient a strict public health control order on Wednesday to prevent the spread of the disease. “This order gives us the ability to monitor the situation … Read More »

NIAID awards seven new contracts for vaccine research


The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, recently awarded seven research contracts to identify new adjuvants to enhance the protective abilities of vaccines. “The goal of this research is to identify … Read More »

HHS selects nanoMR to develop device to expedite bacteria testing


New Mexico-based nanoMR, Inc., received $5.9 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on Monday to develop a device that could reduce the time needed to test for bacteria such as anthrax from days to … Read More »

Philips Respironics to develop portable ventilator for pandemics

Philips Respironics

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced it will provide financial support to Philips Respironics for the development of a portable respirator in an effort to boost emergency response to pandemics. As part of a three-year, … Read More »