The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), manages the procurement and advanced development of medical countermeasures for CBRN threats, pandemic influenza and other emerging infectious diseases.
In addition, BARDA manages the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE) and oversees all of HHS’s Project BioShield procurements. BARDA was established via the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2006.
Key threats funded for countermeasures include anthrax, botulism, radiation, viral hemorrhagic fevers and smallpox. Most recent BARDA funding opportunities are available here.
CBRN agent countermeasures lack a significant commercial market as incidents occur infrequently. The funding phases and guaranteed federal market structure for finalized products overseen by BARDA is a critical national security effort to bring about countermeasure development.
A major component of the BARDA effort is to establish flexible multi-use manufacturing and core service partnerships that will assist companies in many aspects of developing and licensing a product, while providing medical countermeasure manufacturing and surge capacity.
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Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is one of ten national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by the US Department of Energy. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.
The scientists and engineers at BNL work in the following research areas:
The Laboratory’s almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. BNL coordinates with a wide range of federal and local institutions, including the Northeast Biodefense Center.
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