Courtagen to team with Tetracore to develop bioagent detector

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 @ 11:18am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Courtagen Life Sciences, Inc., recently announced that it will collaborate with Tetracore, Inc., to develop a next generation biothreat assay for identifying and diagnosing high-threat biological agents.
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Immunovaccine enters into biodefense vaccine development collaboration

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 @ 10:34am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Immunovaccine Inc., a vaccine developer for infectious diseases and cancer therapy, announced on Tuesday that it has entered into a research collaboration for biodefense vaccine development.
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Obama's budget strips funding for Kansas biofacility

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 @ 10:47am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A spending plan from President Barack Obama recommended that no additional funding be given to the construction of a new biosecurity lab in Manhattan, Kansas, upsetting officials in the nation's heartland.
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ITT Exelis and Altapure announce new disinfection system

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 @ 11:01am by BioPrepWatch Reports

ITT Exelis and Altapure, LLC., recently announced the joint introduction of a new advanced disinfection system, the Altapure nebulizer, designed to decontaminate military, medical and other critical equipment and infrastructure.
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Basson to tell his side of the story at fundraising dinner

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 @ 11:15am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Dr. Wouter Basson, the former head of South Africa's apartheid-era chemical and biological weapons programs, recently promised to tell his full story at a fundraising dinner for disabled children.
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Biodefense takes hit in Obama's budget

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 @ 10:10am by BioPrepWatch Reports

President Obama's recent budget request for 2013 contains mixed news for the biodefense effort in the United States.
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Fort Detrick watchdog seeks state licensure, regulation for biolabs

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 @ 10:21am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Containment Laboratory Community Advisory Committee, a Fort Detrick watchdog group, is seeking legislation that would require academic, nonprofit and private laboratories in Maryland to be licensed and regulated by the state.
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Avian influenza experts to meet to set limits on creating lethal viruses for research

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 @ 11:04am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A group of 22 avian influenza experts are expected to meet soon at the World Health Organization in order to set limits on the creation of lethal viruses for the sake of research.
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U.S. testing new rapid response vaccine-delivery platform

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 @ 11:21am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Health officials in the United States are currently testing a new vaccine-delivery platform developed by the Halifax, Nova Scotia-based Immunovaccine, Inc.
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U.S. watching Syria's chemical arms stockpile closely

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 @ 10:37am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The United States and its allies are closely watching Syria's large stockpiles of chemical arms amid concerns that the country's weapons could fall into the hands of terrorist or militant groups during the current uprising.
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Anthrax decontamination foam also used to fight meth

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 @ 10:48am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A decontamination foam developed by Sandia National Laboratories, which was created over a decade ago and was used to decontaminate buildings during the 2001 anthrax attacks, is now being used to decontaminate methamphetamine labs.
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Study questions U.S.'s ability to detect biothreats

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 @ 11:42am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A recently published workshop summary by the Institute of Medicine revealed that the goal of creating an integrated biosurveillance system in the United States to detect threats to human and animal health remains a long way off.
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New Yorkers hail plan that would keep animal diseases lab in state

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 @ 11:55am by BioPrepWatch Reports

New Yorkers have hailed the Obama administration's halt of plans to move a Cold War-era animal diseases lab from a tiny New York island to a new $650 million facility in Kansas.
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National Security Council moves to have greater control over scientific studies

Monday, Feb 20, 2012 @ 10:14am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The National Security Council is moving to have greater federal control over scientific studies of deadly diseases and toxins after growing fears that the research could be used by rogue states and terrorists.
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India approves formation of a CBRN response center

Monday, Feb 20, 2012 @ 10:27am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The government of India has approved the formation of a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear materials center that will manage potential CBRN disasters.
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Donald Donahue appointed to the American Academy of Disaster Medicine

Monday, Feb 20, 2012 @ 11:41am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Dr. Donald Donahue recently accepted an appointment as an advisory member to the American Academy of Disaster Medicine.
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Avian influenza studies should be published, WHO experts says

Monday, Feb 20, 2012 @ 11:52am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A group of scientific experts organized by the World Health Organization recently concluded that two controversial studies on avian influenza should be published in full after proponents make a concerted to explain their importance to the public.
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Asia Pacific CBRN conference kicks off this week

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 @ 9:54am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The SMi Group has announced the details for its 2nd annual Chemical, Biological, Radioactive, Nuclear and Explosives Asia Pacific conference, which will be held from February 21 through February 24 in Singapore.
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Expert warns of bioattack on U.S. cattle industry

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 @ 10:07am by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to a terrorism expert, a low-tech biological attack on the cattle industry of the United States using virulent foot and mouth disease may be a simple way for terrorists to damage the economy.
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Arizona high school to simulate anthrax attack

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012 @ 11:12am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A Phoenix high school plans to host an emergency preparedness drill that will simulate a bioterrorist attack using anthrax.
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