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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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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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Bioterrorism: Assessing the Threat

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Recently, the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications held a hearing on bioterrorism and biological warfare.Tom Inglesby, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Center for Health Security and Robert P. Kadlec, MD, Center for a New American Security, presented testimony outlining their concerns on current threats to public safety and recommendations for emergency preparedness. Drs. Inglesby and Kadlec asserted that the risk of biological attacks on the U.S. Read More >

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The Future of Biodefense: Will Public-Private Partnerships Continue?

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Ten years ago, in the wake of the 2001 anthrax attacks, the U.S. government set out on a bold path to improve the country’s preparedness for bioterrorism by developing and stockpiling new drugs and vaccines to protect Americans from health emergencies.  Individuals from both political parties – many who had experienced bioterror first hand – worked together to harness the power of innovative science and tackle this national security threat. The ten year initiative was Read More >

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Importance of Reauthorizing Pandemic All-Hazards Preparedness Act

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Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA) joined with BIO and The Center for Biosecurity of UPMC to co-sponsor a Hill briefing on the reauthorization of the Pandemic All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) on March 1st.  Officials from the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House, and Department of Health and Human Services as well as experts from the Center for Biosecurity at UPMC and the WMD Center discussed the critical Read More >

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