Homeland chief calls on Congress to OK funding

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 @ 7:00pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson gave an address on Tuesday in which he stressed the importance of funding for his department and what the consequences would be if funding were not renewed by this Friday's deadline.
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OPCW and Swiss government host advanced chemical weapons protection course

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 @ 7:11pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Government of Switzerland on Tuesday hosted their fourth iteration of the Swiss Advanced training course in protection against chemical weapons.
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DHS recounts Nuclear Forensics act successes

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 @ 7:43pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Tuesday recounted the five-year anniversary of the passage of the Nuclear Forensics and Attribution Act as a part of the response and prevention of nuclear attacks.
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AEGIS Ballistic defense system test completed

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 @ 8:00pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Department of Defense announced on Tuesday that a flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system was completed with personnel from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the U.S. Navy.
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GE unveils battery-free threat detection device

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 @ 2:10pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Global Research division of General Electric (GE) has developed radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology that has the potential to detect chemicals and other hazardous material, they announced earlier this month. In partnership with the Technical Support Working Group, Quantum Magnetics and KemSENSE they have developed a sensor that is able to detect the presence of chemicals in small concentrations.
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iBio unveils anthrax antibody patent

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 @ 2:55pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

iBio, Inc. announced a patent for plant-based immunoglobins or antibodies that were shown to be effective against anthrax in early animal models on Wednesday. According to the company's vice president, Wayne Fitzmaurice this antibody development technology expands product candidacy to the methods used to develop a vaccine for use in natural outbreaks and those caused by a biological attack.
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Baldwin co-sponsors first-response readiness bill

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 @ 3:02pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) said on Tuesday that she is co-sponsoring a bill to improve training and support for first-response personnel.
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FDA and WHO grant Corgenix emergency Ebola rapid diagnostic test use

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 @ 3:10pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Corginex Medical Corporation, a global company that develops and sells diagnostic test kits, recently received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to use its ReEBOV™ Antigen Rapid Test. The test is intended as a method to detect Ebola Zaire virus in West Africa.
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Tekmira updates board after OnCore Biopharma partnership

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 @ 3:26pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a leading company that develops RNA interference therapeutics, recently announced that it is changing its Board of Directors members as part of its business combination with OnCore Biopharma, Inc. The newly combined company’s Board of Directors will include Vivek Ramaswamy (Chairman of the Board), Richard C.
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2014 PHEMCE strategy and implementation plan released

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 @ 3:53pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2014 Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE) Strategy and Implementation Plan (SIP) on Tuesday. According to the release the plan lays out blue prints for the PHEMCE to follow and to ensure that resources are being used efficiently and that national health security is bolstered by development of medical countermeasures, specifically with regard to emerging disease and biological attacks. The aim of the pla
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Napolitano calls for DHS funding bill

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 @ 5:57pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Janet Napolitano, current president of the University of California and former secretary of Homeland Security,  released a statement on Thursday in which she urges Congress to pass a bill to fund the department.
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Security training conducted with NAF Misawa and JGSDF

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 @ 6:18pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Naval Air Facility (NAF) Misawa and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) announced on Thursday that they had successfully completed training in security at Camp Hachinohe on Tuesday.
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House committee launches anti-terror task force

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 @ 7:06pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The House Committee on Homeland Security said on Wednesday that a task force has been established to address efforts by the government to prevent terror attacks. 
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DCP seeks policy offer in Victoria, Australia

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 @ 2:41pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Security and Emergency Management Branch (SEMB) within the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) is seeking a Policy Officer for Victoria, Australia based in Melbourne. This branch provides the advice to the government on issues of emergencies, crises and security threats and provides support and aid through the Natural Disaster Assistance Unit and the State Crisis Centre.
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Committee on Foreign Affairs votes to increase North Korean sanctions

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 @ 2:46pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs voted to approve strengthening sanctions against North Korea
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Marburg immunity development identified

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 @ 3:43pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) announced that a team of researchers collaborating with Vanderbilt University and The Scripps Research Institute identified immunity development in Marburg virus cases on Thursday. The study consisted of using a blood sample taken from a Marburg case that was considered severe but not fatal.
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DSACEUR visits Albania, meets with officials

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 @ 4:06pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

NATO reported on Friday that the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Gen. Sir Adrian Bradshaw, met with Albanian officials about restructuring the NATO Response Force (NRF).
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Human trial for Ebola drug ZMapp begins in Liberia

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 @ 5:36pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A human safety and efficacy trial for an experimental Ebola virus drug treatment opened on Friday in Liberia.  The drug, ZMapp, was developed by Mapp Biopharmaceutical and utilizes monoclonal antibodies to neutralize progression of the disease and deactivate the virus.
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