Ker-ching!

Emergent Biosolutions announced a $51 million contract from BARDA for the development of a new anthrax vaccine utilising their protective antigen rPA. This antigen stimulates a protective immune-response that neutralises the anthrax toxins – which has long been an element of concern.

Meanwhile Cleveland BioLabs snagged a $45 million contract from...

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Smiths news

Smiths announced that it has been awarded multiple contracts for the expansion of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) chemical detection programme - PROTECT. This programme has been running for five years in DC, New York and Boston, and this expansion will see an upgrade of detectors and software.

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Extension granted

Libya received notification that it had another extension on the time required for them to destroy their 25 tons of sulphur mustard. Construction of the demil site is not believed to have started and this will now take deadline out to 2011.

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Libya received notification that it had another...

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Hold me. I’m feeling PROTECTed

Smiths Detection announced that they had been awarded a five year contract from the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) for a continuation of detection systems and an upgrade of their libraries and radiological detection. The system forms part of PROTECT, Program for Response Options and Technology Enhancements for Chemical/Biological...

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The ties that bind

Singapore and Japan strengthened their bilateral defence ties with the Memorandum of Defence Exchanges that will formalise interaction in an number of new areas including CBRE.

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Singapore and Japan strengthened their bilateral defence ties with the Memorandum of Defence Exchanges that will formalise interaction in an number of new...

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Romania gets better

Romania improved on their already impressive CBRN capability by taking delivery of two NNSA radiological detection vans. The vans, that are equipped with a wide variety of radiological instruments will be operated by the Romanian Border Police at their ports of entry as well as other locations.

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Romania improved...

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Staff Moves

Stephen Johnson moves from consultants SCS to Thales. Tim Picciotti moves to become Vice President and General Manager of Military and Emergency Responder Business in Smiths Detection from being their US Military business leader.

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Stephen Johnson moves from consultants SCS to Thales. Tim Picciotti moves to become Vice President...

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Aircraft decon

Cristanini have been performing a range of tests on decontaminating a C130J and this has allowed them to announce that each 'J’ required 20kg of BX40, and that it took two hours to do a complete decontamination.

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Cristanini have been performing a range of tests on decontaminating a C130J...

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Russian moves ahead?

The Russian Foreign Ministry announced that they had destroyed 45% of the chemical weapon stockpile – as required under the CWC – and they felt confident of destroying the rest by 2012. It’s a big hope.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry announced that they had destroyed 45% of the chemical...

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Scotland, home of whiskey, lochs and... anthrax?

Perhaps not an image you’ll see on a shortbread tin, but as well as Gruinard Island and a drum maker dying of inhalational anthrax Scotland is now home to anthrax infected heroin. One has died already, with another two in hospital. All three are heroin users and Police are trying...

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Kelly inquest to reopen?

The UK seems to be going through soul-searching on the causes of the Iraq war as the Commission engaged to look into the causes of the war gets going. Doctors are concerned that Dr David Kelly, head of microbiology at DSTL, did not commit suicide and that the cuts on...

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