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Biodefense Preparedness Key for National Public Health

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Over the last decade, our nation has responded to deliberate biological attacks – the mailing of anthrax-laden letters – and severe naturally-occurring disease outbreaks including SARS and the 2009-H1N1 flu pandemic. As an industry, biotechnology can help improve our nation’s capacity to prepare and respond to natural disasters, bioterrorist attacks, and outbreaks of infectious disease. The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) was established to support the advanced development and procurement of drugs, vaccines, Read More >

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Creating a Preparedness Plan: A Good Investment

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No one thinks that their company may be affected by a flood, earthquake or other disaster, but with 43 natural disasters in 2011 (Emergency Events Database search on 2011 US based disasters. http://www.emdat.be/advanced-search. Accessed September 15, 2012.) directly affecting millions in the United States, and projections for more for the next few years, more and more small businesses are being seriously impacted.  While many small biotech company owners think disruptions won’t happen to their business, Read More >

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Ten Years After 9/11 and the Anthrax Attacks

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Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing entitled, “Ten Years After 9/11 and the Anthrax Attacks: Protecting Against Biological Threats”. As stated by Chairman Lieberman in his opening remarks, the goal of the hearing was to examine whether the federal government “has developed the tools we need to respond effectively to a bioterror attack or naturally-occurring pandemic disease, to develop and disseminate vaccines and antibiotics, and to respond Read More >

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Anthrax Attacks 10 Year Anniversary: BioCentury Looks at Preparedness

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A decade ago in the weeks following the terrorist attacks of September 11th, the nation faced yet another terrorist threat. Letters containing anthrax spores were mailed to two U.S. senators and several media outlets, killing five people and sickening 17 others. It was the deadliest biological attack in U.S. history, and resulted in the largest and most expensive investigation in FBI history. Biosecurity experts believe that another bioterrorist attack is imminent, and the impact could Read More >

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