OPCW begins subregional training for African nations

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 @ 4:08pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on Tuesday began sub-regional training in Dakar, Senegal, for North, Central and West African nations.
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Elsevier unveils new edition of toxicology handbook

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 @ 4:20pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Elsevier has released the second edition of their widely acclaimed Handbook of Toxicology of Chemical Warfare Agents along with other related books on Monday during the ToxExpo.
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Tru-D, HealthTrust reach agreement

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 @ 5:03pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

HealthTrust has reached an agreement with Tru-D Smart UVC, LLC, to provide its network of health care facilities with disinfection robots, the latter announced on Wednesday.
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Martin named Accelerate VP

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 @ 5:15pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Accelerate Diagnostics has named Juan Martin executive vice president and head of Europe, Middle and Africa operations, the company announced Monday.
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Britain calls for probe into alleged Syrian chemical attack

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 @ 5:24pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

In the wake of recent reports of a chemical attack on the Idlib province of Syria, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond called on the international community to investigate the matter.
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Jeff Drocco becomes a biosecurity fellow

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 @ 3:34pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced on Tuesday that Jeff Drocco, an analyst and scientist at the lab's Bio-defense Knowledge Center, participated as a fellow in the Emerging Leaders in Bio-security Initiative.
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Armed Services Committee chair releases defense reform

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 @ 4:07pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry (R-TX), announced a proposal to reform defense policies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Monday.
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Ebola diagnostic receives emergency use authorization

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 @ 4:23pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Food and Drug Administration has allowed the Xpert Ebola test from Cepheid to be used through an emergency use authorization, the company announced on Tuesday.
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Ki-moon thanks exiting U.N. disarmament chief for service

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 @ 6:02pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

After United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) High Representative Angela Kane said she was stepping down, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a statement expressing his gratitude for her tenure on Tuesday.
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FDA approves anthrax treatment Anthrasil

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 @ 6:18pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Food and Drug Administration approved the anthrax treatment Anthrasil from Emergent BioSolutions, the company said on Wednesday. The treatment is an Anthrax Immune Globulin Intravenous (AIGIV) solution that consists of polyclonal antibodies that target the damaging portions and toxic material in the bacteria.
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Vandenberg AFB conducts successful Minuteman III missile test

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 @ 6:31pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

F.E. Warren Air Force Base officials in Wyoming said an unarmed Minuteman III Intercontinental missile was successfully tested on Monday. The test took place at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
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Ark. seeks public health preparedness coordinator

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 @ 3:06pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Position will focus on central region of the state.
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Situational awareness course comes to Loveland, Colo.

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 @ 3:30pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Midwest Fire Equipment, Rich Gasaway team up on training program.
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Colorado depot resumes chemical-weapons destruction

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 @ 5:23pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

After a three-year hiatus, the U.S. resumed the destruction of remaining stockpiles of chemical weapons last week at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant in Colorado. Crews from the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center began by puncturing canisters filled with mustard gas within an Explosive Destruction System (EDS).
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Armed Services Committee hearing tackles anti-WMD fund requests

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 @ 5:48pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, under the House Committee on Armed Services, held a hearing on Wednesday on how to combat weapons of mass destruction (WMD), as well as budget issues related to them. The hearing delved into requests for budgetary action in the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the Chemical Biological Defense Program.
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OPCW chief decides to continue Syrian-attack probe

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 @ 6:29pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Ahmet Üzümcü, director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), said on Wednesday that the organization's fact-finding mission will continue in the wake of an alleged chemical attack recently in Syria.
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Sandia begins work on ASIC chips for nuclear weapon systems

Friday, Mar 27, 2015 @ 2:45am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Sandia National Laboratories said on Wednesday that production of silicon wafers for nuclear weapon modernization has begun at their Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications (MESA) complex. Sandia said this is the largest production project that the facility has ever seen.
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FEMA seeks Assistant Administrator

Friday, Mar 27, 2015 @ 2:56pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Position is based in Washington D.C.'s Office of Response and Recovery
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FEMA seeks National Disaster Recovery Planning Division director

Friday, Mar 27, 2015 @ 3:28pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Position responsible for coordinating all programs and projects in the office.
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SAMS urges international response to recent Syrian chemical attacks

Friday, Mar 27, 2015 @ 4:35pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Chlorine poisoning suspected in Idlib region
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