GAO: Department of Homeland Security must examine critical infrastructure vulnerability

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 @ 8:08am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Government Accountability Office recently released a report on the ability of the Department of Homeland Security to assess and prioritize critical infrastructure vulnerability as required by the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.
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FEMA looks for infrastructure branch director

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 @ 8:42am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Federal Emergency Management Agency is hiring for Infrastructure Branch Director The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is hiring an Infrastructure Branch Director.
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Response Biomedical CEO resigns

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 @ 12:49pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Jeffrey Purvin has resigned from the board of directors and as the president and CEO of Response Biomedical Corp. effective immediately.
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Riot control respiratory system receives DEKRA certifications

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 @ 1:11pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Avon Protection recently received DEKRA Gmbh certifications for the HM50 CBRN respirator and the HMK150 Helmet Mask Kombination System.
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HHS sponsors development of next-generation portable ventilator

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 @ 1:39pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has signed a $13.8 million contract with Phillips Respironics of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, to develop a user-friendly, low-cost portable repiratory ventilator to be used in the event of a public health emergency.
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Ready Alabama event highlights emergency preparedness

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 @ 1:48pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) joined more than 20 emergency response and volunteer organizations to increase public awareness of readiness in the event of a disaster or emergency during Ready Alabama Day held on the lawn of the Alabama Capitol on Friday.
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White House responds to threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 @ 12:55pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Following a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report last year on the top drug-resistant threats to human health, President Barack Obama signed an executive order creating a task force to develop a national strategy to combat antibiotic-resistance bacteria on Thursday.
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Utah first responder attends preparedness training at CDP

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 @ 12:55pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Utah first responder Brett Cross, a strategic national stockpile program manager, is taking the Technical Emergency Response Training (TERT) for CBERNE Incidents course at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) this week.
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CBRN capabilities exercise held in Turkey

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 @ 12:56pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Turkish, German, Dutch and U.S. soldiers involved in the NATO-supported Operation Active Fence in Turkey participated in a chemical nuclear biological countermeasures exercise at the Gazi barracks in Kahramanmaras, Turkey, last month.
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University of Texas - San Antionio offers emergency preparedness courses

Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 @ 8:52pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

September is National Preparedness month and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Office of Emergency Management is holding outreach and training sessions at UTSA campuses.
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Army enhances protective masks

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 @ 11:22am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The M50 protective mask is the latest technology created by scientists at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) aimed at keeping soldiers safe as they operate in environments where the use of a chemical weapon may be a threat.
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Soligenix awarded contract to develop ricin vaccine, technology

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 @ 11:41am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The National Institutes of Health awarded a $24.7 millon contract to Soligenix Inc. to advance the development of a thermostabilization technology, which can prevent the effects of ricin exposure when combined with the company’s ricin toxin vaccine Rivax, on Friday.
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University of Iowa honors William Foege

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 @ 4:16am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The University of Iowa College of Public Health named William H. Foege the recipient of the 2014 Richard and Barbara Hansen Leadership Award and Distinguished Lectureship on Thursday.
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BioCryst receives additional funding for potential Ebola treatment

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 @ 4:33am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) exercised two additional contract options with BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. to accelerate the development of BCX4430, a potential treatment for hemorrhagic fever viruses including Ebola and the Marburg virus, on Thursday.
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Twelve-Year Hacking Operation Uncovered

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 @ 4:55am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A group of hackers that has been operating for 12 years without detection has been uncovered, Sky News on Sept. 17.
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Defense Threat Reduction Agency seeks research proposals

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 @ 5:15am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has issued a call for "Chemical/Biological Technologies Department Non-Traditional Agent Initiatives Broad Agency Announcement Program Build" on Sept. 12, 2014.
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Tekmira Pharmaceuticals receives approval to distribute Ebola treatments

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 @ 5:29am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation announced today that they have received FDA approval to provide TKM-Ebola treatment to patients with the Ebola virus.
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IDSA Calls for Action on Growing Antibiotic Resistance Rates

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 @ 5:35am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) President Barbara Murray addressed the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Sept. 19, applauding the White House executive order regarding an approach to dealing with antibiotic resistance.
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Emergent BioSolutions testing could lead to tripling of BioThrax manufacturing capacity

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 @ 10:54am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Emergent BioSolutions Inc. announced on Tuesday it will start a new non-clinical efficacy study to demonstrate that BioThrax manufactured at its new plant in Lansing, Michigan, is comparable to the same product produced at its smaller-capacity facility.
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Public Health England releases report on anthrax risk

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 @ 1:22pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The risk of humans contacting anthrax from contaminated building land in the United Kingdom is extremely low, according to a new report released by Public Health England on Thursday.
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