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Global Biodefense Magazine – 24 March 2020

In This Edition

The American Red Cross is asking for healthy, eligible individuals who are feeling well to give blood or platelets. This helps maintain a sufficient blood supply and prevent shortages as COVID-19 coronavirus cases rise in the U.S. People can make an appointment to donate blood by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Type O and platelet donations are especially needed right now.

Headline News

Biosecurity + Biodefense Jobs

SOCMED Highlights

Journal Watch


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.


Industry + Partner News

Contracts, Grants + Innovation Challenges

Mar: 29: Pandemic Response Hackathon

Rapid teaming of public health professionals alongside the technology community’s talent to contribute to the world’s response to COVID-19.

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.



Coronavirus #555 Science for the People – guests on this episode are Dr Jason Kindrachuk and Kelly Hills

Don’t Touch Your Face: Lockdown Foreign Policy Daily podcast covering all aspects of COVID-19

Tracking COVID-19 Harverd T.H.Chan School of Public Health On-demand video recording of recent forum.

Essential Research


Mar: 24 The Role of Digital Health Technologies in Drug Development (Webcast)

The National Academies Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation and the Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health will host a public workshop via webcast on Zoom on 24 Mar. Learn more.

Mar 24: World TB Day 2020

As we mark this day of Tuberculosis awareness, take a look at some of the latest research highlights here.

Mar 24-25 BIO Coronavirus Collaboration Initiative Virtual Summit

BIO is hosting a virtual summit to help companies working on COVID-19 treatments, diagnostics and vaccines to come together to discuss challenges and opportunities with government officials and other stakeholders. Learn more

Mar 25: Responding to COVID-19 Webinar: The Science of Social Distancing

The webinar will feature a panel of expert speakers, including: Nancy Messonnier, Marc Lipsitch, Mitch Stripling, and Howard Markel. Learn more

Mar 25: A Comprehensive Introduction to Medical Simulation (Webinar)

Join HDIAC on Wednesday, March 25, from 1200 to 1300 EDT for a live webinar presentation titled “A Comprehensive Introduction to Medical Simulation”. Learn more

Mar 26: Policy vs. Pandemics: Polarization and Public Health emergency Preparedness (Webcast)

George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government will host this no-fee webinar event, “Policy vs. Pandemics: Polarization and Public Health Emergency Preparedness,” on March 26. Learn more

Mar 30-31: Superbugs + Superdrugs 2020 (Webcast)

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

26 Mar: APIC | AIHA Webinar – Ventilation, Surface Disinfection and PPE Considerations for the IP and IH

Town-hall style webinar to address occupational health and safety professionals’, industrial hygienists’ and infection preventionists’ questions about ventilation, surface disinfection, respirators, construction issues, occupational health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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

Jun 10-11: Joint Civil + DoD CBRN Symposium (New Dates)

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

Jun 28 – Jul 2 CSTE Annual Conference

The CSTE Annual Conference connects more than 1,700 public health epidemiologists from across the country and will include workshops, plenary sessions with leaders in the field of public health, oral breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, and poster presentations. Learn more

Aug 21-26 Preparedness Summit 2020
(New Dates)

Join experts and stakeholders from across public health, healthcare, disaster relief, emergency management, and related fields nationwide. Learn more

Dec 15-17 SYNChronicity 2020 – National Conference for HIV, HCV, STI and LGBTQ Health (New Dates)

Brings together medical professionals, service providers, government officials, and health advocates to sync effective approaches to address HIV, HCV, STI, and LGBTQ health in the changing and dynamic health care landscape. Learn more

20-23 Apr 2021 ABSA’s 1st Biosecurity Symposium (New Dates)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ABSA’s 1st Biosecurity Symposium has been rescheduled and will now take place 20-23 April 2020 in Minneapolis, MN. Learn more

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