ECDC Releases Its First Mobile Application: Infectious Disease Threats On the Go

ECDC has released a new Threat Reports app, a free and open access application that gives you direct access to key updates and reports on communicable disease threats of concern to the EU on your mobile device. 

New, Faster Bacteria ‘Detector’ Could Save Lives

A Michigan State University researcher has developed a faster way to detect the bacteria that cause patients to become sick, giving physicians a better chance at saving their lives. The test can produce results within two hours using blood, urine, spit, wound, stool or cerebral spine fluid samples from infected patients.

Emergent BioSolutions Receives BARDA Task Order Valued at Up to $30.5 Million to Develop Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Therapeutics

Emergent BioSolutions Inc. announced that it has received a task order from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority(BARDA) valued at up to $30.5 million to develop monoclonal antibody therapeutics for viral hemorrhagic fever.

Removing the Viral Threat: Two Months to Stop Pandemic X From Taking Hold

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is now launching the Pandemic Prevention Platform (P3) program, aimed at developing the foundational work into an entire system capable of halting the spread of any viral disease outbreak before it can escalate to pandemic status.

SAVER Program Reports Now Available for Download

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced that reports produced by the System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) Program are now available for download on the S&T website, as a one-stop shop for resources to help responders make better purchasing decisions.

Federal Resources Completes Marley International Group Acquisition

Federal Resources has acquired Marley International Group, a global product marketing firm with focused operations in the Arabian Gulf. Marley International Group was founded as a multinational partnership of professionals from the medical, defense, and energy industries. Specializing in all aspects of the contract selling process, the team of experts provides strategic advice to U.S. manufacturers who wish to expand in the Arabian Gulf.

Federally Developed Technologies Go to Work

A tool to assess and address cyber and physical security issues and an inexpensive way to create a microscope out of a cellphone are being used by businesses and individuals, thanks to teams who have moved them out of the laboratory and into the marketplace. These technologies were developed at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

NIH to Expand Critical Catalog for Genomics Research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to expand its Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) Project, a genomics resource used by many scientists to study human health and disease. Funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of NIH, the ENCODE Project is generating a catalog of all the genes and regulatory elements in humans and select model organisms.

Kansas State University Is the 'Silicon Valley of Biodefense,' According to Blue Ribbon Study Panel

What Silicon Valley is to technology, Kansas State University is to biodefense. When former Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle and the bipartisan Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense recently visited the Manhattan campus for a series of agrodefense discussions, the university cemented its status as a national leader in animal health, biosciences and food safety research.

A New Kind of Responder Brings Special Expertise to Disasters

Hazards associated with radiological or nuclear incidents are uniquely challenging for first responders. The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has developed the Radiological Operations Support Specialist (ROSS) Program as a field solution to make recommendations, interpret models, and analyze data for the incident commander.