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Global Biodefense – 11 March 2020

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Headline News

Biosecurity + Biodefense Jobs


SOCMED Highlights


Superbugs & Superdrugs 2020

Due to ongoing concerns over COVID-19 this conference is now available with remote access only

30-31 MARCH 2020

SMi invites you to join an international gathering of industry experts sharing their experience and expertise on the challenges & solutions to antimicrobial resistance.


Contracts, Grants + Innovation Challenges

Mar 13: PrecisionFDA Challenge Deadline Gaining new insights by detecting adverse event anomalies using FDA open data.

Mar 31: EZ BAA Deadline: Novel Coronavirus Rapid Diagnostic Concise abstract submissions due for BARDA development funding of SARS-CoV-2 molecular diagnostics.

Apr 6: Influenza Data Processing and Outreach Contract proposals due for the Influenza Data Processing and Communication Center (iDPCC).

Apr 7: CEPI-EDCTP Seeks Proposals for Lassa Virus Vaccines Applications invited for large-scale collaborative projects which include one or more clinical trials (phase II to III) aiming to accelerate the clinical development of Lassa candidate vaccines.

Apr 9: Radiation/Nuclear Medical Countermeasures Development Supports MCMs to mitigate and/or treat tissue injuries resulting from exposure to ionizing radiation

Apr 9: Therapeutic Products for Biodefense, AMR Infections, and Emerging Infectious Diseases Supports development of promising new therapeutics to address infections caused by NIAID Category A, B, and C priority pathogens and select bacterial and fungal infections.

Apr 9: Advanced Development of Diagnostics for Biothreats and EID BAA topic supports development of novel, rapid sample-to-answer candidate diagnostic products that will address biodefense and pandemic preparedness.

Apr 24: JLABS @ Washington DC Innovations for Pediatric Influenza Intervention Innovators within the fields of pediatric oncology, pediatric surgery and influenza are invited to submit innovative ideas for grant funding, use of bench equipment and J&J mentorship at JLABS for 1 year.

Apr 30: EZ-BAA for COVID-19 Rapid Diagnostic BARDA rapid development funding of COVID-19 molecular diagnostics – must utilize platforms already cleared by the FDA.

Apr 30: BARDA BAA Medical Diagnostics and Countermeasures for SARS-CoV-2 This BAA amendment seeks biomedical and biopharma solutions to the immediate COVID-19 pandemic.

May 4: Global Health Security Partnerships – Lab Capacity Building CDC grant program to strengthen lab workforce, improve biorisk management, outbreak response globally.

Jul 2: NIBIB Technology Accelerator Challenge: Handheld Diagnostics Anticipated to be released this month, this innovation competition will spur design and development of non-invasive, handheld, digital diagnostic devices that will target anemia, sickle cell disease, malaria, and other blood-related diseases.

Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Initiative Health Care Supply Chain Survey The purpose of this survey is to gather information from pharmaceutical owners and operators regarding the coronavirus outbreak, including concerns and challenges.

Partners + Industry News



How To Prepare Your Healthcare System For A New Coronavirus Science Friday – Infection prevention epidemiologist Dr. Saskia Popescu and public health expert Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo talk about the practical steps of preparing for a COVID-19.

Pandemics and National Security War on the Rocks – Conversation with Dr. Michele Malvesti, VP at the Financial Integrity Network and visiting professor of practice at the University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Julie Schafer, the chief technology officer for Flu Lab.

Dr Cassidy Nelson on the 12 Best Ways to Stop the Next Pandemic 80,000 Hours – Cassidy Nelson, a medical doctor and research scholar at Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute, explains 12 things her research group think urgently need to happen.

Virus Hunter, Searching for Missing Ebola Patient in West Africa PBS Frontline – Dr. Lamine Koivogui and his team were sent to investigate a mysterious, deadly disease spreading through Guinea in March 2014. Almost immediately, something went very wrong.

How Are Hospitals Preparing for COVID-19? Public Health On Call – Experts from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offer science and evidence-based insights on the novel coronavirus crisis response.

Journal Watch + Research Updates


Mar 12: Center for the Study of WMD Spotlight Seminar: Coronavirus and Biosecurity

The panel will feature experts in the fields of bioterrorism, biosurveillance, and infectious disease who can provide timely context for the outbreak. Learn more

Mar 18: Next Evolution: Overhauling Key Elements of Biodefense

The Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense will discuss the Federal Select Agent Program, BioWatch, and the Hospital Preparedness Program at this meeting in DC (and webcast). Learn more

Mar 18-19: Joint Civil + DoD CBRN Symposium

An annual gathering of the most respected minds in the CBRN defense community, including operational leaders, intelligence providers, key policymakers and solution providers from Industry and Academia. Register now

Mar 26-30: Decennial 2020 – International Conference on Healthcare Associated Infections

Held once every ten years, the Decennial Conference reviews the advances of the previous decade and the opportunities and trends for the fields of healthcare epidemiology, infectious diseases, and infection prevention and control for the future. Learn more


Mar 20: Superbugs & Superdrugs 2020

Bringing industry leaders together to discuss the strategies in place that reduce AMR, evaluate the role pharmaceutical companies and funding bodies play in reducing AMR, learn about new diagnostics approaches to identify AMR and consider novel candidates and alternatives to anti-microbials. Register now

Mar 31-Apr 3: Preparedness Summit 2020

The NACCHO will host this year’s 2020 Preparedness Summit from 31 March – 3 April 2020 in Dallas, Texas.

Apr 20-24: Achieving Data Quality and Integrity in Maximum Containment Laboratories Training Event

This BSL-4 training event 20-24 April is co-sponsored by the FDA and UTMB Galveston National Lab. Learn more.

May 28-29: Critical Public Health Value of Vaccines in the Age of Pandemics

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Board on Global Health will host a 1.5-day public workshop May 28-29 that will examine the current state of vaccine preventable diseases and the impact of vaccine access and hesitancy globally, and the multidimensional drivers and impacts of declining vaccine confidence. Learn more

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