The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is seeking sources of fundamental toxin characterization, and new or repurposed medical countermeasures (MCMs) against naturally-occurring biological toxins.
The Request for Information (RFI) supports future funding efforts by the agency’s chemical and biological defense programs.
DTRA seeks to assemble background characteristics, putative mechanism of action, toxicological implications and assessment, and identify candidate MCMs that have the potential to safely, potently and specifically protect against different classes of potent biological toxins capable of causing human death or incapacitation. Both pre- and post-exposure indications are included.
“Since biological toxins are diverse in origin, chemical structure and mechanism of action, this class of threat agents may require a variety of countermeasure strategies,” states the announcement. “DoD welcomes engagement of all qualified sources of technologies in the aforementioned domain.”
Further details are available via Solicitation Number: HDTRA1-15-RFI-CBM. The response deadline is Aug. 28, 2015.