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ICYMI: Gov. Tom Ridge, Tara O’Toole on Investing in Bioscience to Protect Against Bioterror

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Writing in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last week, Governor Tom Ridge and Tara O’Toole remind us that dangerous diseases are emerging more and more frequently, and that investment in bioscience is critical to fight these drug-resistant infections. When we cannot or fail to halt this spread, they create epidemics. This summer, the world is struggling to contain the spread of the Zika virus. Last fall, it was Ebola. Before that, it was MERS, SARS, avian flu. Read More >

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Judd Gregg: Biodefense Funding Is Crucial to National Security

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Writing in the Morning Consult, former Senator Judd Gregg explains critical role of federal programs in preparing our nation for viral outbreaks and other biohazards that threaten to cause devastating harm to our national security. Because there is no commercial market for medical countermeasures to respond to attacks from chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological threats, in 2004 Congress passed the Project BioShield Act, which created the Project BioShield Special Reserve Fund (SRF) to incentivize research Read More >

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The Guardian: Global defence system to fight virus threats urgently needed

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Fresh on the heels of the recent Ebola epidemic, the current Zika virus threat has many asking what to better prepare for such infectious disease outbreaks. Writing in The Guardian, Trevor Mundel of the Gates Foundation and Jeremy Farrar of the Wellcome Trust have some suggestions: A healthy body has three essential systems for staying that way. There is physical fitness, building resilience against threats. There is the brain, to spot danger and take action. Read More >

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Senators Talent and Graham: Time to Act on Threat of Biological Terrorism

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Last Friday in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Former Senators Jim Talent and Robert Graham wrote about the growing threat of biological attacks and threats and steps our nation can take to help prepare for them, including some of the recommendations in the report of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, on which BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood serves. The first step is to stockpile the medical countermeasures that will be necessary in the Read More >

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A National Blueprint for Biodefense Released Today

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A major report was released today detailing findings and recommendations to improve the U.S. biodefense readiness. “A National Blueprint for Biodefense: Leadership and Major Reform Needed to Optimize Efforts” was authored by the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, on which BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood serves. The panel is co-chaired by former Sen. Joe Lieberman and former Gov. Tom Ridge. Other panelists include former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, former Read More >

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