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"Mobile laboratories have proven to be very efficient for the diagnosis of highly dangerous pathogens as well as for training health workers”, stated Dr Eyüp Turmus, NATO SPS Advisor and Programme Manager. In Morocco and Tunisia, an ongoing SPS project is developing...

ADELFAS leads a NATO project between Spain, Morocco and Tunisia

ADELFAS leads a NATO project between Spain, Morocco and Tunisia

ADELFAS is leading a NATO project under the “SCIENCE FOR PEACE AND SECURITY” program, which promotes dialogue and practical cooperation between allies and partners, through scientific research, technological innovation and the exchange of knowledge…

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CSB Releases New Free Online Safety Training Application for Hazardous Chemicals

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is releasing a new safety training application focused on agency findings from the devastating 2005 BP Texas City explosion and fire and how they relate to OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) standard. The PSM standard outlines requirements for the management of hazards associated with highly hazardous chemicals. The training covers all 14 elements of PSM using the 2005 explosion as a model. The desktop training application is available for download HERE. The application recreates the details of the Texas City refinery and takes the viewer through interactive training modules on each element of PSM. At the end of each… [...]

Smiths Detection alongside Block MEMS, LLC (Block) have been selected by DTRA and JPEO CBRND a Proximate Chemical Agent Detector (PCAD) capable of non-contact detection of solid and liquid threats. PCAD will provide a stand-off (non-contact) Chemical Agent Detector that will be able to identify/classify solid and liquid hazards on various surfaces. Hazards include Chemical Warfare Agents, Toxic Industrial Chemicals, Non-Traditional Agents, opioids, and explosives. Smiths Detection has a proven track record of advancing chemical detection capability for the U.S. Department of Defence (DoD), having recently secured a contract to deliver an Aerosol and Vapor Chemical Agent Detector (AVCAD). Smiths Detection… [...]

908 Devices a pioneer of purpose-built handheld and desktop mass spec devices for chemical and biomolecular analysis, announced that it has completed the acquisition of privately-held TRACE Analytics GmbH, based in Braunschweig, Germany, a provider of on-line analysis and sampling systems for biotech applications. 908 Devices expects the acquired technology to enable its mass spec devices as on-line bioprocess monitors. Founded in 2003, Trace Analytics develops on-line aseptic sampling systems and novel biosensors for bioreactor monitoring and control. Their validated technology, in single-use and reusable configurations, is applied in mammalian cell culture and microbial fermentations at all levels of the… [...]

SIGA Announces BARDA Exercise of Procurement Options Valued at Approximately $26 Million for IV TPOXX

SIGA Technologies, Inc., a commercial-stage pharmaceutical company, today announced the exercise of procurement options under its 75A50118C00019 (19C) contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the delivery to the U.S. government of intravenous (IV) formulation of TPOXX treatment courses valued at approximately $26 million . These option exercises represent the first procurement option exercises for IV TPOXX under the 19C contract. Product deliveries of IV TPOXX in connection with these contract options are targeted for 2023. IV TPOXX is an important option for those who are unable to swallow. “These option exercises for the procurement of IV formulation of TPOXX… [...]

DVIDs reported that American Soldiers from Nuclear Disablement Team 2 conducted nuclear counterproliferation training with personnel from the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration and United Kingdom Ministry of Defense during an exercise in May. The exercise was the first time one of the U.S. Army Nuclear Disablement Teams have trained in the United Kingdom. Nuclear Disablement Team 2 is one of three NDTs from the 20th CBRNE Command, they directly contribute to the nation’s strategic deterrence by staying ready to exploit and disable nuclear and radiological Weapons of Mass Destruction infrastructure and components to deny near-term capability to adversaries and facilitate WMD… [...]

Newly Identified Compound Binds to Shiga Toxin to Reduce its Toxicity

Infection from the enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) can cause bloody diarrhea and severe abdominal cramps in humans. This is due to the presence of a deadly toxin called “Shiga toxin” (Stx) produced by EHEC. Researchers from Japan have now discovered a compound that binds to and selectively inhibits Stx2a, a particularly lethal and virulent subtype of Stx. This finding could open doors to a potential therapeutic agent against EHEC infections. A strain of E. coli bacteria called enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) is known to cause several gastrointestinal disorders, which include bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps, by damaging the intestinal lining. When accompanied… [...]

Milrem Robotics delivers the first THeMIS Unmanned Ground Vehicle to the Spanish Army

The European leading robotics and autonomous systems developer Milrem Robotics has delivered the first THeMIS Unmanned Ground Vehicle to the Spanish Ministry of Defence. The Ministry, through the Directorate of Armament and Material, awarded the contract for one THeMIS UGV to A.Paukner, S.A., Milrem Robotics’ representative in Spain. The THeMIS was acquired in the framework of the Scorpion program that was launched in early 2021 to evaluate the capabilities of existing unmanned ground vehicles. During the first phase of the program a list of missions will be defined that can benefit from the usage of unmanned ground systems. “The THeMIS… [...]

DetectaChem/MD-Bio Introduce Assay for Monkeypox Detection

DetectaChem and its subsidiary MD-Bio, the global leaders in innovative threat detection solutions used extensively by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Homeland Security, law enforcement, first responders and public health agencies around the world, today announce the launch of their MD-Bio qPCR Monkeypox Detection Assay. As the global need for monkeypox testing solutions rapidly grows, the MD-Bio qPCR Monkeypox Detection Assay will give testing centers the ability to quickly and accurately screen for active monkeypox infections using their own PCR machines. The MD-Bio qPCR Monkeypox Detection Assay works by detecting active infections through targeting the hemagglutinin gene found in… [...]

DEVCOM CBC posthumously inducts William Klein into their Hall of Fame

The CBC Hall of Fame is designed to recognize and preserve the rich history of the organization. “It is a place where we honor the achievements of our most illustrious and outstanding individuals, and Bill is most certainly worthy of being counted among that number,” said DEVCOM CBC Director Dr. Eric L. Moore. Klein served as deputy or associate director of engineering at DEVCOM CBC for 25 years across several organization name changes and at least 12 directors both acting and permanent. He managed more than 500 members of the Center workforce and provided leadership in efforts to design, build,… [...]

Kromek releases end of year results

Kromek, a leading developer of radiation and bio-detection technology solutions for the advanced imaging and CBRN detection segments, has announced its final results for the year ended 30 April 2022. Kromk have had a particulalry good year in terms of receiving new, and renewed, contracts for their CBRN products.  Financial Highlights Revenue increased 16% to £12.1m (2021: £10.4m) Gross margin was 46.7% (2021: 48.4%) Adjusted EBITDA loss reduced to £1.2m (2021: £1.7m loss)* Loss before tax reduced to £6.1m (2021: £6.3m loss) Cash and cash equivalents at 30 April 2022 were £5.1m (30 April 2021: £15.6m) *A reconciliation of adjusted… [...]

Deb Rosenblum, assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical and biological program, recently hopped on the  convergence bandwagon by announcing something called 'bio-convergence.' National Defence magazine quoted her speech from the recent NDIA CBRN conference; "“Technologies like artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and physics are being applied to the life sciences, creating what the national security community is calling ‘bio-convergence.’” . This threat is going to resuilt in an addiitonal $300m in biodefence, following on from the biological posture review that we talked about in the December issue of the magazine. Genetically targeted diseases have also been in the news as part… [...]

Teledyne FLIR Defense has announced that Dr. Kemper Talley was named the 2022 Joseph D. Wienand Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Excellence Award winner. The award was presented by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) at its 2022 Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Conference and Exhibition in Baltimore. Teledyne FLIR Vice President and General Manager of Detection Dr. David Cullin, and Director of Science & Technology Dr. Jeremy Walker, served as conference panelists, while Director of Business Development Jay Reckard moderated two panels at the event. Dr. Talley is currently pioneering the development of real-time, 3D CBRN threat… [...]