Leidos receives GovConnects Government Contractor of the Year award


Leidos, a company specializing in national security, health and engineering solutions, recently received the GovConnects Government Contractor of the Year award from the Harris County Chamber of Commerce. The honor was given for the company’s leadership in connecting small and … Read More »

Michigan healthcare personnel train for response, recovery

Center for Domestic Preparedness CDP

Approximately 140 healthcare personnel from across Michigan recently attended training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness‘ (CDP) Noble Training Facility (NTF). Personnel from the hospitals, EMS agencies, fire departments and long-term care facilities in six counties trained to hone response … Read More »

CDC Director Frieden: Treatment delays could lead to 1.4 million ebola cases by January

Tom Frieden

  CDC Director Tom Frieden said on Tuesday that 1.4 million people in Liberia and Sierra Leone could potentially be infected with the Ebola virus by the end of January, but tempered his estimate by saying increased global awareness and … Read More »

PositiveID to develop rapid molecular testing prototype


PositiveID Corp. will focus attention and resources on developing the Firefly Dx system, which promises to provide rapid results of molecular testing, according to a company announcement on Tuesday. Based in Delray Beach, Florida, PositiveID is teaming up with engineering … Read More »

Soligenix appoints new VP of biopharmaceutical development


Soligenix, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing products in the areas of inflammation, oncology and biodefense,┬ánamed Rasappa Arumugham vice president of biopharmaceutical development on Tuesday. With 25 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical field, Arumuguam previously served as the head of … Read More »

NAEMT discusses patient care progress with congressmen

National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians NAEMT

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) gathered on Thursday to discuss the transformations taking place with emergency patient care in the field. The briefing, held with Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) and Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) in attendance, detailed … Read More »

Emergent BioSolutions testing could lead to tripling of BioThrax manufacturing capacity


Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., announced on Tuesday that it will start a new non-clinical efficacy study to demonstrate that BioThrax manufactured at its new plant in Lansing, Michigan, is comparable to the same product produced at its smaller-capacity facility. The company … Read More »

Canadian federal, regional leaders meet to discuss emergency management


Canadian ministers at the federal and regional levels recently gathered in Toronto to discuss emergency management resources, efficiency and priorities in the country. Minister of Public Safety Canada Vic Toews chaired the event alongside Ontario Minister of Community Safety and … Read More »

Elusys Therapeutics concludes study on anthrax antitoxin


Elusys Therapeutics, Inc., announced on Monday that it has completed a three-phase study on an antitoxin in development to treat anthrax. Conducted on adult volunteers, the study aimed to explore the “safety and tolerability of the antitoxin when administered intravenously … Read More »

Public Health England releases report on anthrax risk

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The risk of humans contacting anthrax from contaminated building land in the United Kingdom is extremely low, according to a new report released on Thursday by Public Health England. Anthrax is caused by a spore-forming bacterium. The disease is primarily … Read More »

FDA issues Food Safety Challenge


The Food and Drug Administration recently issued the Food Safety Challenge in order to discover groundbreaking methods for detecting disease-causing agents in food. Developed under the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, the 2014 FDA Food Safety Challenge calls for … Read More »

21st Century Cures initiative discusses growing threat of antibiotic resistance

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Politicians and health experts gathered for a Subcommittee on Health hearing on Friday to discuss the future of drug resistance and explore options to decrease this threat under the committee’s 21st Century Cures initiative. Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Penn.) chaired the … Read More »

NUSTL seeks information for program to aid emergency responders

Firefighter In Breathing Apparatus

The National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL) issued a call on Monday for information on available CBRN self-contained breathing apparatuses for a new program for emergency responders. A sub-entity of the Department of Homeland Security, NUSTL is a System Assessment … Read More »

Kentucky Emergency Management appoints new assistant director

Kentucky Emergency Management

Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) recently appointed Richard “Rich” Knighten as its assistant director of operations. “Rich Knighten brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Kentucky Emergency Management and will be a great asset to the agency,” KYEM Director Michael … Read More »

IDSA calls for action on growing antibiotic resistance rates

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Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) President Barbara Murray addressed the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Friday and applauded the White House executive order regarding an approach to dealing with antibiotic resistance. Murray said that the White House’s National … Read More »