• Ology Bioservices, Inc., a biologics contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), announced on friday that it was awarded an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) to support the Joint Project Manager Medical Countermeasure Systems (JPM-MCS) for advanced biologics manufacturing services—specifically, to manufacture an anti-Ebola monoclonal antibody (mAb).

    The award was made possible through collaborative funding between JPEO CBRND and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The antibody, designated mAb114, was developed at the Vaccine Research Center (VRC), part of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) with the National Institutes of Health, in part through funding previously provided by DARPA. The VRC is a collaborator with JPM-MCS, DARPA, and Ology Bioservices on this program. Including optional work, the agreement has a value of $8.4 million.

  • CEPI (the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations) today announced a new collaboration with Profectus BioSciences, Inc. and Emergent BioSolutions Inc. under which they will receive up to USD$36 million to advance the development and manufacture of a vaccine against the Lassa virus.

  • DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”) is pleased to advise that its full product suite has been approved for placement on, and placed on, the GSA Schedule.

    As part of the placement on the GSA Schedule and GSA Advantage for federal procurement, DroneShield’s products have also been approved as qualifying for purchase through GSA Advantage by state and local governments.

  • A massive bag of sex toys brought Berlin’s Schönefeld airport to a stand still on August 10, 2018. Security personnel were alerted to the piece of luggage when a routine x-ray flagged the items to be suspicious.

    As it was unclear as to the precise nature of the contents of the bag security issued an alert closing the terminal whilst they investigated.



  • As announced at the CWD Conference in May, the UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is launching a new competition seeking low technology readiness level proposals for innovative technologies in accessing, disabling and destroying chemical and biological munitions and improvised explosive devices on the battlefield. 

    The competition will be launched on 26 September 2018 in London and information is now available on DASA’s website.  If you are interested in attending please register your expression of interest by 5pm on 12 September 2018. 

    Please see DASA website for more details https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dont-blow-it-safely-eliminating-chemical-and-biological-munitions-on-the-battlefield.

    Please note any queries regarding the event should be sent to accelerator@dstl.gov.uk

  • As part of the EC project Encircle - European CBRN Innovation for the market cluster - the team behind it are looking for input from the CBRN community.

    By providing the project with your views, opinions, and thoughts on current needs and gaps in the sector, you can help move the project in the right direction to provide innovative solutions for the CBRN community.

    This information gathering is being conducted in the form of a short, anonymous, survey that can be found here http://encircle-cbrn.eu/resources/encircle-questionnaires/

    Head over to the Encircle site and see what the project is working on and how it is aiming to strengthen European industry by creating the tools and strategies that are needed to consolidate the EU CBRN communities of suppliers and practitioners in order to strengthen the field of CBRN safety, security and defence in the European Union http://encircle-cbrn.eu/

  • PATSY (aircrew CBRN protection) – the supply of a below neck CBR protective clothing system for aircrew.

    The Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Protection Delivery Team (CBRN DT) is seeking Expressions of Interest from parties wishing to be considered for the supply of a Below Neck CBR Protective Clothing System for Aircrew (Category D).

    One of the key drivers for the programme is to provide the required level of Below Neck CBR protection (Key User Requirement) whilst imposing the minimum physiological burden on the wearer.

    The selected contractor will be responsible for the supply of a Below Neck System (BNS) for approximately 524 aircrew personnel requiring 3 systems per person (approx.1,572), plus additional trials and training sets (approx. 50) to be determined at Invitation to Tender (ITT).

  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has recently released an updated version of their CBRN Respiratory Protection Handbook. This guide covers everything you need to know including the available types of respiratory protection equipment for CBRN, respirator selection, fit testing models, and decontamination and disposal.

    The guide is free of charge and you can access the pdf file by clicking this link https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2018-166/pdfs/2018-166-508.pdf?id=10.26616/NIOSHPUB2018166

  • We are pleased to announce that we have a new media partner for Convergence 2018 in the form of Counter Terror Business.

    Counter Terror Business is a specialist quarterly publication distributed to heads of security, intelligence officers, procurement officials and department heads in local and central government. Its target audience includes the Intelligence Services, Police, Fire, Ambulance & Rescue Services, Home Office, Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces, Environment Agencies, Border Control, Customs, Aviation and Port Authorities, heads of private sector concerns and organisations involved in National Security/ Defence.  Regular features include: Counter Terrorism strategies, the latest news from Local / Central Government, Armed Forces and Blue Light Services, CBRN, Terrorist Financing & Fraud, Identity Theft, Cyber Terrorism, Emergency Planning, Crisis Management, Event and Public Spaces Security, Specialist Training. We are Media Partner to the sectors’ leading events. Email: jake.deadman@psigroupltd.co.uk for more details.

    Also take a look a look at the Counter Terror Business website to see more on what they have to offer, including the latest issue of Counter Terror Business magazine http://www.counterterrorbusiness.com/

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