Texas records first animal anthrax case of 2012

Friday, Jun 15, 2012 @ 9:29am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Texas reported its first case of animal anthrax this week in a white-tailed deer found in Uvalde County.
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PharmAthene records development progress with anthrax vaccine

Friday, Jun 15, 2012 @ 10:37am by BioPrepWatch Reports

PharmAthene, Inc., an Annapolis, Maryland-based medical countermeasures company, announced on Thursday that its next generation rPA anthrax vaccine has completed final analytical testing and release of the final drug product for further clinical analysis.
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NAS report on agro-defense facility due out soon

Friday, Jun 15, 2012 @ 11:26am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The National Academies of Science recently announced that it will soon release a congressionally mandated analysis on the risks posed by the planned National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.
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Canadian lab records success in treating Ebola

Friday, Jun 15, 2012 @ 11:39am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Scientists at a Canadian research facility recently reported a potential advance in the search of treatment for infection by the potential bioweapon Ebola virus.
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Amyris receives DARPA contract for synthetic biology platform

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 @ 10:04am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Amyris, Inc., an Emeryville, California-based integrated renewable products company, has been awarded a U.S. Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency contract related to its synthetic biology platform.
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Australian government may create second Canberra firefighter force

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 @ 10:54am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Australian federal government may have to set up its own firefighting service in Canberra after the territory claimed the government failed to pay its fair share for emergency services, including biological response capability.
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New survey launched to gather data on lab safety

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 @ 11:09am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A new international survey was recently launched to study researchers' attitudes to laboratory safety.
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Three day naval preparedness exercise held off California coast

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 @ 11:26am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A recent exercise off the coast of Malibu, California, tested how law enforcement would handle a biological or chemical attack that originated offshore.
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NRC faults DHS for underestimated risk of pathogen escape

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 @ 10:38am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A panel from the National Research Council has determined that the Department of Homeland Security underestimated the risk that human error could let pathogens escape from the proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas.
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Texas A&M vaccine center awarded billion dollar grant

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 @ 10:49am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Texas A&M University has won a major federal grant to create a Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing for vaccine production and bioterror preparedness.
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BioWatch funding in jeopardy

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 @ 11:26am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Funding for BioWatch, the U.S. early warning system to detect deadly pathogens in major cities, may be in peril because of increased costs.
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HHS partners with major pharmaceutical companies on preparedness grants

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 @ 11:55am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. government recently announced that pharmaceutical companies, including Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline PLC and Novartis AG, will receive grants to develop medicines to counter bioweapon threats and pandemics.
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Vaxin, Inc., receives $110k grant for anthrax vaccine project

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 @ 10:46am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Vaxin, Inc., a Birmingham, Alabama-based vaccine development company, has won a six-month, $110,000 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to continue work on an anthrax vaccine project.
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EU applies restrictions to dual-use goods

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 @ 10:58am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The European Union approved rules on Friday on particular sanctions against Syria, including a ban of exporting dual-use goods that could be used for biological or chemical warfare.
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iBio expands patent portfolio

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 @ 11:14am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Pharmaceutical company iBio, Inc., recently announced that the U.S. Patent Office has accepted its application for a patent covering a portion of the company's iBioModulator platform.
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Canadian researchers make advance against Ebola

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 @ 11:58am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Canadian researchers have made a breakthrough in the search for a new treatment for Ebola.
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DTRA awards ASU defense contract for biodefense

Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 @ 10:00am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Arizona State University a four year defense contract worth $30,718,054 to develop a rapid pathogen detection system for biodefense and medical use.
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NIAID awards Bavarian Nordic pathogen vaccine contract

Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 @ 10:47am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Vaccine developer Bavarian Nordic A/S announced on Monday that it has been awarded a $17.9 million contract by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop vaccines against priority pathogens.
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NBAF status remains unclear after new risk assessment

Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 @ 11:14am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility project moved into a critical phase this week with the recent release of a new report saying the plans for the laboratory have improved since 2010 but are still not acceptable.
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Indian CBR material remains vulnerable

Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 @ 11:45am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A new study suggests that chemical and biological weapons material in India remains poorly secured and could fall into the wrong hands.
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