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HEICO takes stake in radiation detector firm

US company HEICO announced on 27 February that it had acquired an 85% stake in Californian firm Sensor Technology Engineering. The transaction was carried out through HEICO’s Santa Barbara Infrared subsidiary, but details were...

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Biodefense Headlines – February 26, 2018

See what we’re reading this week at Global Biodefense on topics including ZMapp Ebola countermeasure development, and updating the CDC’s high containment laboratories. BIOPREPAREDNESS Pandemic Risk: How Large Are the Expected Losses? The arguments...

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PTx Acquires Potential Radiation Sickness Therapeutic from Sanofi

Boston-based cancer company Partner Therapeutics, Inc. (PTx) has acquired the global rights to develop, manufacture, and commercialize Leukine (sargramostim) from Sanofi. Leukine is an immuno-stimulant that promotes the growth and activation of [Read more]...

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ZMapp Ebola Treatment to be Tested at Texas Biomed

Researchers at Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio have been awarded a $2 million dollar contract by the makers of ZMapp, Mapp Biopharmaceutical, Inc., to further test this promising new therapeutic [Read more]...

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Strengthening Ban on Chemical Weapons: The Case of Syria

Photo: Shutterstock By Dr Ian Anthony and Dr John HartSTOCKHOLM, Sweden, Feb 27 2018 (IPS) The legal framework prohibiting chemical weapons (CW) is considered the gold standard for multilateral disarmament. It features both comprehensive...

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Lockheed Martin, Taqnia Aeronautics collaboration grows

A joint venture (JV) between Lockheed Martin and Taqnia Aeronautics that facilitates the local build of Black Hawk rotorcraft in Saudi Arabia is expected to result in more job provision than the entity originally...

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Will the U.S. Help the Saudis Get a Nuclear Weapon?

The last thing the Middle East needs is another country with the potential to build nuclear weapons. Yet that could happen if the United States mishandles Saudi Arabia’s plans to enter the nuclear power...

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21 killed in twin car-bomb blasts in Somalia’s capital

Authorities say the death toll in a pair of explosions Friday evening in Somalia’s capital has risen to 21. The director of Aamin Ambulance service, Dr. Abdirahman Abdulqadir, gave the new toll Saturday. It...

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Pandora Report 2.23.2018

Happy Friday fellow biodefense friends! Curious about human migrant history? Ancient DNA is giving us some insight into our ancestors movements and habits. FluMist also just got the green light for use next flu...

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Pair jailed for UK homemade bomb attack plan

A couple has been jailed for plotting a terror attack in the UK using a homemade bomb. Munir Mohammed, from Derby, was handed a life sentence, with a minimum of 14 years. Pharmacist Rowaida...

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