BARDA looks for new technologies to improve emergency preparedness

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority announced on July 31 that it is looking for new technologies capable of improving public health emergency preparedness.

BARDA is offering support to these new technologies by offering a series of Broad Agency Announcements that will focus on technologies able to administer medical countermeasures during a public health emergency. These public health emergencies cover anything from countermeasures against influenza to ways to fight CBRN threats.

Of particular interest are countermeasures and devices that can be safe for children, pregnant women and the elderly. While these kinds of devices will receive special attention, devices that can address the general public along with these at-risk categories will be prioritized.

In the area of influenza, BARDA is looking for personal protective equipment, like masks or respirators that can prevent influenza infection along with all-hazards, full-featured continuous ventilators, clinical influenza test systems and diagnostic tools, influenza therapeutics and influenza vaccines.

For the area of CBRN threats, BARDA is looking for medical countermeasures in the areas of vaccines, antitoxins and therapeutics, antimicrobial drugs, radiological and nuclear threat countermeasures, chemical threat countermeasures and diagnostics.