PaxVax obtains up to $62 million in financing


PaxVax, Inc., a biodefense and travel vaccine company, announced on Monday that it secured up to $62 million in financing as part of its acquisition of an oral typhoid vaccine. PaxVax acquired Vivotif, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved oral … Read More »

California National Guard trains for CBRN incidents at CDP

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Members of the California National Guard recently trained at FEMA‘s Center for Domestic Preparedness to learn how to manage incidents in an area contaminated with chemical or biological hazards. The 185th Military Police (MP) Battalion, 49th MP Brigade, California National … Read More »

GAO report outlines FEMA’s progress on efficiency

Chris Currie

Chris Currie, the acting director of homeland security and justice for the Government Accountability Office (GAO), outlined ways to improve the efficiency of the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday in front of a Senate panel. Currie’s report focused on … Read More »

DoD report outlines strategies to counter bioweapons


The U.S. Department of Defense recently identified biological weapons as a continuing threat in a comprehensive outline of its strategy to counter weapons of mass destruction. The DoD report said that the continuing evolution of WMDs or innovative concepts to … Read More »

Wivenhoe Group partners with CHCER to develop readiness program

Wivenhoe Group

Wivenhoe Group, a vulnerability assessment consulting firm, announced on Friday that it will partner with the Center for Healthcare Emergency Readiness (CHCER) to develop a hospital emergency readiness program. Wivenhoe will work with CHCER, a healthcare emergency readiness and management … Read More »

Nominee for deputy FEMA head Joseph Nimmich testifies at Senate panel

Joseph Nimmich

Joseph Nimmich, President Barack Obama’s nominee for the deputy administrator post at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, testified on Thursday in front of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Nimmich cited his more than three decades as … Read More »

New York Guard participates in distribution exercise

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The New York Guard, the state’s volunteer defense force, conducted a distribution exercise on Friday as part of its week-long annual training period. The exercise, which included 75 members of the Guard at the Camp Smith Training Site at the … Read More »

Argon Electronics offers suggestions for effective CBRN training

Steven Pike

Argon Electronics, a chemical warfare training simulator developer, said on Friday that most effective CBRN response training exercises require the use of a large venue, a set date, simulation equipment, comprehensive planning and surprises. Steven Pike, the managing director at … Read More »

WIRB-Copernicus Group acquires Alliance Biosciences

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WIRB-Copernicus Group (WCG), a provider of regulatory and ethical review services for clinical research, announced on Thursday that it acquired Alliance Biosciences, a biosafety and biosecurity consultant. The acquisition will allow WCG Biosafety, the company’s biosafety division, to manage its … Read More »

CDC names members of new safety workgroup


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Thursday the creation of an external laboratory safety workgroup. The group will provide guidance to the CDC director and the CDC’s new director of laboratory safety, according to a CDC press … Read More »

Naval Postgraduate School issues solicitation for research proposals

Naval Postgraduate School

The U.S. Naval Postgraduate School recently issued a broad agency announcement (BAA) for proposals to research advanced systems and concepts for weapons of mass destruction countermeasures. The announcement will remain open until March 31 of next year, although potential submitters … Read More »

CDC TB lab resumes transfer of inactivated materials


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Thursday that its Clinical Tuberculosis Laboratory resumed transfer of inactivated materials after an intensive review by the Laboratory Safety Improvement Working Group. Following the review, CDC Director Tom Frieden lifted the … Read More »

ASM supports proposed Accelerating Biomedical Research Act

American Society for Microbiology

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) recently announced its support for the proposed Accelerating Biomedical Research Act, which would increase funding for the National Institutes of Health. ASM President Timothy Donohue said the bill, which was introduced by Sen. Tom … Read More »

Port of Los Angeles seeks deputy chief of police

Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles is looking to hire a deputy chief of police for Field Operations and its Emergency Management group. The salary range for the position is $135,072 to $167,812 per year. If hired, the deputy chief of … Read More »

DARPA issues solicitation for radical biological technologies

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) released a solicitation on Wednesday for innovative research proposals of interest for its Biological Technologies Office (BTO). DARPA is looking for research that investigates leading edge approaches that enable advances in science and … Read More »