ASM announces $20 million diagnostic competition

Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 @ 11:17am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Chair of the American Society for Microbiology's (ASM) Public and Scientific Affair Board Ronald Atlas announced Friday that there will be a prize competition for diagnostics for antibiotic-resistant pathogens.
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CSU biosafety director receives prestigious Hanel award

Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 @ 11:34am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Colorado State University (CSU) announced Friday that Bob Ellis, its director of biosafety, has been recognized with an award from the American Biological Safety Association.
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U.S., South Korea team for CBRN training exercises

Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 @ 12:46pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

In a recent simulated emergency scenario at Osan Air Force Base, South Korea, two groups within the 51st Fighter Wing jointly responded to an improvised explosion with the goal of determining the overall impact on the surrounding area.
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UN chief applauds creation of panel to probe chemical weapons use

Monday, Sep 14, 2015 @ 7:02pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the authorization from the UN Security Council to establish an investigative mechanism relating to chemical weapons use in Syria Thursday.
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Senegal reports chikungunya virus cases

Monday, Sep 14, 2015 @ 7:07pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Monday that the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (MOHSA) of Senegal notified the organization of chikungunya virus cases in the region.
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Four Arno to present 4 abstracts at San Diego conference

Monday, Sep 14, 2015 @ 7:23pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Arno Therapeutics, Inc. said Monday that four abstracts regarding its AR-12 candidate antimicrobial drug have been selected for presentation at the Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) and the International Congress of Chemotherapy and Infection (ICC) 2015.
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Bavarian Nordic awarded $9 million Janssen contract

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015 @ 9:20am by BioPrepWatch Reports

BARDA funds will be used to further develop possible Ebola vaccine boost regimen
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BARDA extends Chimerix contract

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015 @ 10:30am by BioPrepWatch Reports

$13 million extension will allow company to continue exploring brincidofovir as possible smallpox treatment.
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McSally bill aims to strengthen DHS preparedness-center network

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015 @ 4:36pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced a bill on Monday to improve national security preparedness on the local and federal levels. The bill, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Support to Fusion Centers Act, would require that DHS assess the benefits of having additional DHS staff assigned to fusion centers and would give higher levels of security clearance to local intelligence analysts.
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Homeland Security expanding Securing the Cities program

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015 @ 7:09pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said Monday it will be expanding the Securing the Cities program from the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office to Chicago and Houston.
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OPCW holds chemical weapons training in Serbia

Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015 @ 8:58pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the National Authority of the Republic of Serbia hosted a training course for customs officers in Eastern Europe this past week, covering technical aspects of the transfer regime within the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
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ContraFect to present data on staph treatment candidate at ICAAC/ICC

Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 @ 11:44am by BioPrepWatch Reports

ContraFect Corp. will be presenting preclinical data at the Interscience Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) and the International Congress of Chemotherapy (ICC) running Thursday through Monday in San Diego.
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Michigan confirms plague case

Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 @ 12:08pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Patient had recently returned from Colorado area where plague activity was reported.
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3 appointed to panel probing chemical weapons use in Syria

Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 @ 12:31pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The United Nations News Center announced Tuesday that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has made his appointments to the three-member panel that will oversee the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
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Virginia Costco holds Strategic National Stockpile dispensing exercise

Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 @ 1:03pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Exercise simulated large-scale anthrax attack requiring disbursement of antibiotics.
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Study correlates African malaria cases with location of large dams

Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 @ 2:03pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Researchers say risk of malaria near dams is four times greater than previously thought.
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Homeland Security demonstrates nuclear forensics capabilites

Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 @ 6:53pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The director of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) within the Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that her office was successful in demonstrating nuclear forensics capabilities.
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HHS, AstraZeneca to enter strategic alliance on antibiotic development

Friday, Sep 18, 2015 @ 11:42am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Public-private partnership will develop drugs to treat potential bioterrorism threats.
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OPCW Director-General Üzümcü visits Portugal

Friday, Sep 18, 2015 @ 9:03pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ahmet Üzümcü visited Portugal this week to discuss the ongoing mission in Syria and update officials on its progress.
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ADS could standardize Defense Department ordinance disposal

Friday, Sep 18, 2015 @ 9:38pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

ADS Inc.’s new Specialized Chemical Ordinance Transport System (SCOTS), developed in partnership with United Technical Supply and the Navy’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) community, will bring standardization to the varied systems that were previously in place to deal with dangerous ordinance.
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