News & Perspective

Sep 09, 2008

Sep 09, 2008

HHS funds work on new anthrax antitoxin

(CIDRAP News) – Emergent BioSolutions Inc. recently announced that it won a federal contract worth $24.3 million to develop a monoclonal antibody treatment to block the effects of anthrax toxin.

Sep 05, 2008

Sep 05, 2008

Firm wins $55 million contract for smallpox drug

(CIDRAP News) – SIGA Technologies Inc. announced this week that it has been awarded a $55 million federal contract to develop a new formulation of its experimental smallpox drug, called ST-246, and carry out related efforts.

The company, based in New York City, said it had previously received a $16.5 million contract to develop the drug, described as "a potent, non-toxic inhibitor of orthopoxviruses."

Feb 04, 2008

Feb 04, 2008

HHS budget proposal cuts state preparedness, boosts food safety

(CIDRAP News) – The Bush administration today unveiled a $3.1 trillion budget for the 2009 fiscal year that cuts a number of public health initiatives but includes an increase for the Food and Drug Adminstration's (FDA's) food safety efforts.