Category Archives: Medical

NIH launching human testing of investigational Ebola vaccine


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) said on Thursday that initial human testing of an investigational Ebola virus vaccine will begin next week by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The vaccine, which was co-developed by NIAID … Read More »

CDC releases ebola management guidelines for first responders


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released interim guidelines on Tuesday for first responders and managers of 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) to manage patients known or suspected to have the Ebola virus. The CDC said that managers … Read More »

WHO notified of EVD outbreak in DRC


The World Health Organization announced on Wednesday that it was recently informed of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Equateur Province. The index case occurred in a pregnant woman who butchered a … Read More »

Bavarian Nordic announces two contracts for smallpox vaccine


Bavarian Nordic announced on Tuesday that it signed two contracts with Canadian authorities for 65,700 doses of its IMVAMUNE smallpox vaccine. The IMVAMUNE doses, which will arrive this year and in 2015, will bring the total number of doses in … Read More »

Immunovaccine’s Ebola vaccine candidate shows promise in animal study


Immunovaccine, a clinical-stage vaccine company, announced positive results on Monday for an Ebola virus vaccine formulated using its DepoVax technology in non-human primates. In a preliminary study using cynomolgus monkeys, the researchers gave one group two doses of the DepoVax-formulated … Read More »

CDC to award anthrax carbohydrate contract to University of Georgia


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Thursday that it intends to award a sole source contract to the University of Georgia (UoG) for the development of carbohydrate compounds necessary for anthrax research. The Division of Bacterial Sciences … Read More »

ASM issues lab guidelines for handling Ebola specimens


The American Society for Microbiology issued interim laboratory guidelines on Thursday for handling and testing specimens from cases or suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever viruses (HFV) like Ebola. The guidelines follows the recent interim guidance issued by the Centers for … Read More »

BARDA releases updates to two BAAs


The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) recently released updates to two broad agency announcements regarding medical countermeasures for pandemic influenza and CBRN threats. The amendments change cycle dates for CBRN-BAA-13-SOL-00013 and SST-BAA-13-100-SOL-00014┬áso that review dates occur quarterly and … Read More »

Experts urge ethical considerations in experimental Ebola treatments


Leading bioethicists outlined in a new report critical principles that should be adhered to if experimental treatments are used to fight Ebola in West Africa. The story, published in the Lancet by Ezekiel Emanual from the University of Pennsylvania and … Read More »

Scientists develop effective Marburg virus treatment

Marburg virus

Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Tekmira Pharmaceuticals announced on Wednesday the development of an effective treatment against lethal Marburg virus in nonhuman primates. The researchers found that the treatment completely protected nonhuman primates against … Read More »

Aeolus files IND with FDA for radiation countermeasure


Aeolus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., announced on Wednesday that it filed an investigational new drug application (IND) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to enable a Phase I study of its radiation countermeasure. AEOL 10150, a broad-spectrum catalytic antioxidant, is designed … Read More »

Army releases new smallpox vaccination brochure


The U.S. Army recently released an updated trifold brochure with information regarding smallpox vaccinations. The new brochure includes a variety of updates for service members, including on mandatory smallpox vaccination for any personnel visiting the Korean peninsula 15 or more … Read More »

Emergent BioSolutions signs license agreement with MorphoSys


Emergent BioSolutions, a biopharmaceutical company that develops products to address emerging health threats, announced a license agreement on Tuesday to co-develop a prostate cancer antibody with MorphoSys AG. Emergent, the developer of the anthrax vaccine BioThrax, will jointly develop and … Read More »

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 »