BARDA delays biodefense conference due to Sandy

The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority postponed a bioterrorism conference that was scheduled for last Monday through Wednesday in anticipation of the adverse weather related to Hurricane Sandy.

The authority postponed the "Contracting for Countermeasures" conference, which was scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C. The conference, which will be rescheduled, is an event that allows related industry professionals to learn more about medical countermeasure requirements for the U.S. government, Global Biodefense reports.

Key topics that will be discussed at the postponed conference include programmatic responsibilities, earned value management, evaluation panels, broad agency announcements, other transaction authority, broad spectrum antimicrobials, contract administration and oversight, CBRN advanced development, the pandemic influenza portfolio, and stockpiling countermeasures.

The 5th annual CBRNe Convergence 2012 in Norfolk, Virginia, scheduled for October 30 through November 2, went on as scheduled. Organizers urged participants to check travel advisory notices before traveling.

Despite flight disruptions from Hurricane Sandy, delegates from the Department of Homeland Security, Germany, NATO, Interpol, Thailand, Singapore and more arrived safely in Norfolk, CBRNe World reports.

The event organizers encouraged industry representatives to attend regardless of disruptions to speaker line ups.

The American Society for Clinical Pathology said on October 29 that it anticipated all events would move forward as planned for its annual meeting, which began on Wednesday.