CDC seeks medical countermeasures production information

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 @ 5:24pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking information on the manufacturing surge capacity for countermeasures against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats according to a solicitation notice it issued Tuesday.
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Crime Subcommittee to meet on ISIL and domestic threats of terrorism

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 @ 7:22pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee announced on Thursday that its Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Islamic State and domestic threats of terror.
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ICRC and NCHL host joint series on weapons prohibition

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 @ 1:45pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Legal experts in international humanitarian law from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the National Committee of Humanitarian Law of Iran (NCHL) hosted discussions of the prohibition of certain weapons in February. These discussions were held at the Allameh Tabatabaee University during their conference on chemical weapons on Tuesday. The following day the institution launched the Persian translation of Elements of War Crimes under the Rome Statutes of the International Cr
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Bruker to fulfill order from Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 @ 1:46pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Bruker Detection Division will supply three reconnaissance vehicles to the Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation.
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Dugway Proving Ground upgrades testing systems

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 @ 2:27pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Dugway Proving Ground (DPG) facility in Utah is upgrading four test systems amounting to a $2.8 million investment in order to better replicate harsh environmental conditions or transport scenarios, they announced on Feb. 12.
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Kerry speaks at Countering Violent Extremism summit

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 @ 3:27pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Secretary of State, John Kerry spoke at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism on Thursday, highlighting the challenges the international community faces as he introduced United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The overarching theme of the summit was the danger violent and extremist ideologies pose to the international community and citizens of the world.
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NewLink to get $20 million in Ebola vaccine research milestone

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 @ 5:44pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

NewLink Genetics said on Thursday that it had reached a milestone in its development of an Ebola vaccine, and will receive a $20 million payment as a result. The milestone, listed in a license and collaboration agreement with Merck, came out of initiating a clinical trial for the rVSV-EBOV vaccine that the two companies are developing.
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ReEBOV Rapid Test gets WHO fast-track green light

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 @ 6:26pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The World Health Organization approved a rapid Ebola test on Thursday for use in countries battling the virus.
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CDC CHEMPACKs available after an airborne terror attack

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 @ 7:12pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Airborne terror attacks aren't just a hypothetical scenario, and being prepared for a possible attack is key to more people surviving, the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently said.
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May appointed to board of directors at Leidos

Monday, Feb 23, 2015 @ 1:21pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Leidos announced on Monday that it has appointed Gary May to its board of directors.
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HHS to fund Ebola preparedness efforts

Monday, Feb 23, 2015 @ 1:53pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will invest $194.5 million in Ebola preparedness.
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LANL unveils detection technology collaboration project

Monday, Feb 23, 2015 @ 2:24pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Los Alamos National Laboratory unveils collaborative project aimed at enhancing detection of explosives.
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ECBC to implement new standards in handling agents

Monday, Feb 23, 2015 @ 3:11pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) announced on Thursday that new methodologies in preparing reference materials of chemical and biological agents are being developed. The center specializes in the live handling of chemical and biological agents that are considered to be dangerous and they are prepared for defense research.
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Schumer announces over $32 million in funding to cover Ebola costs

Monday, Feb 23, 2015 @ 3:28pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) announced Friday that the state was the recipient of federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) after successful Ebola virus preparedness training.
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Smiths Detection Inc. will present at International Association of Fire Chiefs event

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 @ 3:14pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Smiths Detection Inc. (SDI) has chosen Dr. Chris Weber, the company’s hazmat expert, to give two presentations at the International Association of Fire Chief’s Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference 2015. Dr. Weber and Richard Dufek, the famous Battalion Chief from Carmel, IN, will collaborate to present their first topic: Tactical Chemistry for Emergency Responders.
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OPCW and CTBTO leaders strengthen partnership

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 @ 3:44pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Lassina Zerbo (executive secretary from the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treat Organization or CTBTO) and Ahmet Üzümcü (director general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons or OPCW) recently met in The Hague to discuss the partnership of their organizations. The CTBTO and OPCW both have obligations to inspect their Member States for any violations of treaty agreements; the CTBTO must maintain the agreement of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty while CWC must ver
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McPherson unveils CBRNe detection device

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 @ 1:22pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

New McPherson monochromator  may aid in the detection of CBRNe threats. 
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State Department waives sanctions against 2 Chinese entities

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 @ 3:18pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. waived chemical and biological proliferation sanctions against 2 Chinese companies on Tuesday.
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Subjects for Ebola vaccine trial exceeding target

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 @ 3:20pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to researchers the number of volunteers for clinical trials on two Ebola virus disease vaccines has exceeded expectations, they announced on Monday. Dr. Stephen Kennedy, co-investigator for the Clinical Research Partnership between Liberia and the U.S.
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Nalas to conduct defense research with DTRA award

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 @ 6:35pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Nalas Engineering Services, Inc. announced on Monday that they will be conducting research in combating and neutralizing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) with an award from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA.) Current means of counter measures do not destroy a weapon without the risk of spreading the hazardous material into the area.
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