Southern Research Institute to protect Armenia from bioterror threats

The Birmingham, Alabama-based Southern Research Institute has been awarded a sub-contract from Black & Veatch valued at $580,000 to help protect Armenia against biological threats.

"Southern Research will provide a wide range of scientific consulting in the design of operational strategies to enhance disease surveillance and response," Mary Guttieri, the program manager for Southern Research, said. "Additionally, Southern Research will facilitate collaborative research between U.S.-Armenian interdisciplinary teams and will administer bio-safety training."
The institute will perform the work for the U.S. Department of Defense's Threat Reduction Agency. Southern Research is currently performing similar work under a sub-contract from Black & Veatch, a global engineering, consulting and construction company, in the Ukraine. The institute has put a high-containment laboratory and a biosafety level 3 training program in place there, The Birmingham News reports.
In Armenia, Southern Research will assist Black & Veatch in designing a program for the DTRA. The DTRA works to safeguard allies against weapons of mass destruction, including biological weapons.
"We are honored that Black and Veatch has again selected our Southern Research team to provide support for such an important global program," Jack Secrist, Southern Research's CEO, said. "Working with Black & Veatch allows Southern Research to use our unique knowledge and expertise in helping to provide global safety and advancing critical research."
The Southern Research Institute was founded in 1941 and is an independent non-profit organization that conducts basic and applied research and development.