Archive: Homeland Defense


*Emergent BioSolutions [EBS] received a $400 million contract from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide 18.75 million doses of the anthrax vaccine BioThrax through Sept. 2010 for the strategic national stockpile. Contract terms also include an additional $34 million if the Food and Drug Administration approves the company’s pending supplement to […]

DTRA, DHS Want to Test Decontaminants and Application Devices

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Seattle Urban Area Security Initiative have begun the Interagency Biological Restoration Initiative (IBRD) to develop policies, methods, plans and applied technologies to restore large urban areas, military installations, and critical infrastructures following the release of a biological agent. To meet program […]

DoD Awards Morphotek $2.3M to Develop Biowarfare Therapies

Morphotek, Inc., a subsidiary of Japanese pharmaceutical company Eisai Co., received $2.3 million in funding from the Department of Defense to support the development of biologic- based monoclonal antibody therapies against biowarfare agents. Under the nine-month contract Morphotek will continue developing the therapies to treat Botulinum neurotoxins. “The further development of these compounds will enable […]

Catcher to Acquire Wireless Network Infrastructure Provider

Catcher Holdings, Inc. [CTHH] has agreed to acquire Vivato Networks, Inc., a provider of indoor and outdoor extended-range wireless network infrastructure equipment and services. The deal, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2007, will allow Catcher to provide more complete solutions for its customers who acquire the company’s CATCHER mobile computing […]

Cross Match Receives $4.4M for Guardian Scanners for UKvisas

Cross Match Technologies received a $4.4 million contract from the United Kingdom’s Home Office for 1,385 livescan Guardian L SCAN fingerprint scanning systems in support of the UKvisas visa program. The fingerprint scanners will be installed and operational by the end of 2007 in U.K. overseas missions, including embassies and consulates. Fingerprints taken as part […]

Aion Seeking U.S. Distributor for Vein Recognition Reader

Aion Technologies, a subsidiary of Taiwan Secom Co., Ltd., has begun to market its vein recognition reader, company officials tell TR2 at the recent ASIS security conference in Las Vegas. Aion is seeking a U.S. distributor for INVERAS, which combines the reader, controller and access control device into one unit. The device can identify the […]

Stockton Police Hope to Expand Use of Mobile Fingerprint Capability

Police in Stockton, Calif., would like to expand the use of a mobile fingerprint identification system supplied by Cogent Systems [COGT] that they began using earlier this year under a crime fighting pilot project, says an official with the city’s police department. Initially Stockton police were primarily using Cogent’s BlueCheck portable fingerprint scanner over 200 […]

GE Deploys CommerceGuard to Port of Oakland

General Electric [GE] has installed its CommerceGuard tracking and detection system at the Port of Oakland in California to monitor shipping containers equipped with the company’s container security devices (CSD). GE says that over 20 ports internationally have the CommerceGuard network installed. GE says additional deployments are planned this year. The Port of Oakland handles […]

NIAID Issues BAA for Bio-Defense Vaccine Enhancement

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), with funding provided in whole or in part by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency, plans to fund organizations with demonstrated vaccine product development experience to produce a vaccine candidate either for a NIAID Category A or B Priority Pathogen or a candidate third generation […]

AS&E Tallies $19.4M in New Orders

American Science and Engineering [ASEI] has received $19.4 million in new contracts, including a $13.1 million service and maintenance renewal order from the Defense Department to support its fleet of Z Backscatter Vans (ZBVs). Most of the ZBVs are located in “high risk areas,” the company says. The company also received a $4 million order […]