Annual international Chemical Weapons Demilitarization conference held in London

Monday, Jun 8, 2015 @ 1:51pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Late last week, the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense’s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory hosted a conference about the office's desire to eliminate chemical weapons.
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Biodefense panel concerns rise after release of national laboratory study

Monday, Jun 8, 2015 @ 2:06pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Leadership of the Blue Ribbon Study Pannel on Biodefense released a response to an in-depth investigation into the safety standards of national laboratories that work with dangerous and contagious pathogens on Thursday.
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Massachusetts-led group seeks to develop Q fever vaccine

Monday, Jun 8, 2015 @ 2:34pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

?Academic and corporate teams will be joining researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital's Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center (VIC) in the research and development of a Q fever vaccine, they announced on Thursday.
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House committee advances Intelligence Authorization Act

Monday, Jun 8, 2015 @ 3:23pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence approved the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 by a unanimous vote last week. Within the authorization bill, continued funding is guaranteed for multiple operations of the U.S. intelligence community, including cybersecurity and anti-terrorism activity.
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PositiveID’s handheld device makes rapid biological testing user-friendly

Monday, Jun 8, 2015 @ 5:25pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

PositiveID Corp. is developing a device that’s poised to revolutionize the growing sector within medical equipment known as molecular diagnostics and testing equipment, a multi-billion-dollar market focused on real-time or quantitative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) pathogen detection.
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Defense Department issues statement on recent anthrax shipment

Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015 @ 12:14pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Following the recent shipment of what was thought to be inactive anthrax to several federal labs, the U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD) Chemical and Biological Defense Program (CBDP) said that it sometimes ships inactivated - more commonly known as "killed" - biological substances. These materials are used by industry, academia and other federal labs in developing countermeasures to chemical and biological threats. 
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British prime minister urges nations to prepare for disease outbreaks

Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015 @ 3:32pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

British Prime Minister David Cameron laid out his country's new plan for fighting outbreaks and the spread of deadly viruses at the recent G-7 meeting. The new plan focuses on deeper research, more development of preventive measures and better response by international health agencies.
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Conklin, Harris selected as MRIGlobal vice presidents

Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015 @ 3:57pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Promotions mark new era in leadership at MRIGlobal.
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Korean researchers improve pathogen and contaminant identification

Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015 @ 4:02pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Researchers at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon, South Korea, have discovered a new technique that could expedite the identification process of pathogens and contaminants, the Optical Society (OSA) announced Monday.
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Battelle revives $25 million contract for mobile platforms

Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015 @ 4:03pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Battelle yesterday announced it was awarded a $25 million contract to build three mobile platforms over the next three years. The three different platforms will include an array of chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) analytic instruments.
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Tullis to step down from Aethlon board of directors

Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015 @ 4:08pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Aethlon Medical Inc. announced Tuesday that Richard Tullis will step down from the board of directors in order to satisfy Nasdaq Corporate Governance rules.
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Chemical weapons-based medical assistance course held in Lithuania

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 @ 3:19pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Lithuanian government held an international course on medical assistance when dealing with chemical attacks, it announced Monday.
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Smiths Detection awarded Nicaraguan Customs Office contract

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 @ 3:36pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Smiths Detection announced on Tuesday that it has been awarded a contract to supply mobile detection and x-ray inspection systems to the Nicaraguan Customs Office.
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OPCW holds trainer's course for chemical threat response

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 @ 6:42pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) held a training course for instructors of courses that relate to assistance and protection measures against chemical threats, it announced Tuesday.
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Sandia, Georgia Tech enter research partnership

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 @ 7:40pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Georgia Institute of Technology and Sandia National Laboratories has been reached that will encourage strategic cooperation on research deemed to be of national importance, Sandia Labs announced Tuesday.
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AECOM seeks senior exercise planner

Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 @ 12:55pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

AECOM announced an opening for a senior exercise planner at their Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, New Mexico, in a recent job posting.
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DirectView, PositiveID enter joint marketing partnership

Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 @ 5:46pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

DirectView Holdings Inc. and PositiveID Corp. are entering a collaborative marketing partnership to promote both companies' products to defense, first response and homeland security clients, DirectView announced on Thursday.
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Canada, Mapp Biopharmacuetical enter Ebola treatment contract

Friday, Jun 12, 2015 @ 1:18pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Canadian government has awarded a $4.5 million contract to Mapp Biopharmacuetical Inc. to develop its ZMapp treatment for the Ebola virus, Minister of Health Rona Ambrose said Wednesday.
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House committee holds roundtable on anthrax incident

Friday, Jun 12, 2015 @ 3:19pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Members of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities and the House Armed Services Committee met Wednesday to discuss updates on the accidental shipment of live anthrax spores to national labs.
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New York man sentenced to 33 months in letter hoax

Friday, Jun 12, 2015 @ 3:36pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Brian Norton of Cicero, New York, was sentenced to 33 months in prison on June 3 after pleading guilty to sending approximately 21 letters with substances that he claimed were either ricin or anthrax spores.
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