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  • Emergent BioSolutions acquires Evolva Holding’s EV-03 series of molecules

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:34 pm

    Emergent BioSolutions acquires Evolva Holding’s EV-03 series of molecules The Rockville, Maryland-based Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., announced on Wednesday that it had acquired Evolva Holding SA’s EV-035 series of molecules. The EV-035 series of novel small molecule broad spectrum antibiotics of the 4-oxoquinolizine class targets bacterial type IIa topoisomerase. GC-072, … Read More »

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  • Brevard County strengthens biological countermeasures, overall preparedness levels

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am

    Brevard County strengthens biological countermeasures, overall preparedness levels Brevard County Emergency Management (BCEM) has taken steps to enhance biological emergency response efforts recently. “The Ebola outbreak has spurred hazard-specific emergency preparedness training, including hazard-specific personal protective equipment drills and operating procedure development for hospitals and first responders,” Director … Read More »

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  • CDC lists its 10 top public health concerns from 2014

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am

    CDC lists its 10 top public health concerns from 2014 Ebola was only one issue the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dealt with in 2014 in what the agency called an “unprecedented” year on Monday. The CDC released its list of the 10 most challenging public-health threats and other … Read More »

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  • FEMA hosts third emergency-preparedness symposium

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

    FEMA hosts third emergency-preparedness symposium The National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) recently held its third training symposium, which helps provide specialized training to state and local agencies. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Center for Domestic Preparedness hosted the National State Administrative Agency (NSAA) Training Symposium, … Read More »

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  • PATH Act bill’s introduction in Senate praised

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am

    PATH Act bill’s introduction in Senate praised The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) welcomed the introduction of the Promise for Antibiotics and Therapeutics for Health (PATH) Act on Monday. The bill aims for a smoother path to regulatory approval for compounds that treat infections from bacteria … Read More »

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  • FDA names members of its Pharmacy Compounding Committee

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am

    FDA names members of its Pharmacy Compounding Committee The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the appointment of 14 members to its Pharmacy Compounding Committee today. The expert panel members act as advisers on the technical, medical and scientific issues that may come up in the manufacturing … Read More »

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  • U.S. better prepared for Ebola now

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am

    U.S. better prepared for Ebola now The U.S. has a strong understanding of how Ebola spreads, which helps medical professionals know what to do to prevent more cases and to treat infected patients who come to the country. “In terms of natural introduction, we are very … Read More »

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  • UTMB scientist singled out as Ebola fighters honored

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am

    UTMB scientist singled out as Ebola fighters honored A professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) was spotlighted as one of the Ebola fighters named recently as Time magazine’s 2014 Person of the Year. Thomas Geisbert, a professor of microbiology and immunology at UTMB, has been … Read More »

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  • DHS offers cities funds for counter-terror program

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am

    DHS offers cities funds for counter-terror program The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently reached out to governments at the city, state or county level to offer funding to develop counter-terrorism efforts, specifically biological terrorism. They are accepting applications until Sept. 30, 2015. The agency seeks applicants … Read More »

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  • Wilson to head House Intelligence Subcommittee

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am

    Wilson to head House Intelligence Subcommittee U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) named Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) on Thursday to head the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities, under the House Armed Services Committee, in the next legislative session. The committee oversees areas in counterterrorism efforts … Read More »

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  • Enanta to end non-biodefense antibiotics program

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am

    Enanta to end non-biodefense antibiotics program Enanta Pharmaceuticals said Thursday that it will discontinue development of its antibiotic program for non-biodefense indicators. The company said it would like to pursue other endeavors in treating and diagnosing the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and other infectious agents that … Read More »

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  • ASTHO unveils health-preparedness index results

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am

    ASTHO unveils health-preparedness index results The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) released the 2014 National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI) on Tuesday in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and 35 other development partners. “This year’s index more … Read More »

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  • Merck promotes Julie Gerberding to executive VP role

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am

    Merck promotes Julie Gerberding to executive VP role Dr. Julie Gerberding, president of vaccines at Merck, was named executive vice president for strategic communications, global public policy and population health at the health care company on Wednesday. “Julie has been instrumental in making Merck’s vaccines more accessible and … Read More »

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  • Yavapai County relies on communication, symptom tracking to stay prepared

    12 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am

    Yavapai County relies on communication, symptom tracking to stay prepared Disease and symptom tracking are critical to the preparedness of Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) in Arizona. To this extent, a strong web of communication between local medical providers, other counties and the state health department keeps YCCHS up-to-date … Read More »

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  • Patient exposed to Ebola to be admitted to NIH Clinical Center

    12 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am

    Patient exposed to Ebola to be admitted to NIH Clinical Center An American nurse who was exposed to Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone will be admitted to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Clinical Center for observation later today. She will be admitted into the center’s special clinical studies unit … Read More »

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