A Reuters article published in February 2011 characterised the laboratory erected at the [Sierra Leonean] government hospital in Kenema as an outpost of the 'war on terror,' fuelled by $40 million in biodefence
However, the fact that the American military was, apparently, substantially unprepared for biodefence
as late as 2003 is largely due to a long period of neglect, which persisted through the whole of the Cold War period and really only ended when civilian agencies took over responsibility for the work (mainly Health and Human Services and the Center for Disease Control).
Cangene develops and markets speciality therapeutics mainly used in the biodefence
The division's main short-term strategic goals are the continued delivery of smallpox vaccine Imvamune under the contract with the US government, while also securing new Imvamune orders and developing late-stage vaccine candidates for infectious diseases beyond biodefence
, supported by partnerships and/or acquisitions.
The company's pipeline is focused in the three areas; cancer, biodefence
and infectious diseases, and includes seven development programmes.
Some of the people who have long warned about botulinum as a bioterror agent, and their colleagues, are high-level advisors on biodefence
in the US government and on the Graham-Talent Commission.
The rapid development time, high sensitivity, ease-of-use and low costs of the company's tests meet the needs of many markets, including environmental, life science research, in vitro diagnostics, biodefence
testing, and food and beverage testing.
The 1995 sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subway system by the terrorist group Aum Shinrikyo and the 2001 mailing of weaponized anthrax spores through the US postal system sensitized policymakers in industrialized countries to the vulnerability of their populations to chemical and bio-weapons, and more important, brought about a convergence of national biodefence
programmes with existing disease control activities.
The company's business strategy is focused in three areas: biodefence
, cancer and infectious diseases.
The authorities had earlier revealed that Ivins, who worked for 18 years at the US biodefence
research laboratories at Fort Detrick in the US state of Maryland, had been working on a vaccine against the disease.
The Company is largely focused on infectious disease and biodefence
The SBIR grants awarded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health and the US Army will fund advancements in the Ibis T5000 Biosensor System for new biodefence
applications, including the detection and identification of infectious agents within the military blood supply.
The underlying reason, it is surmised, was that the lucrative us biotechnology industry, unlike the us chemical industry, did not want to be burdened with the cost and trouble of verification and the risk, however slight, of espionage, while the us Defense Department did not want international scrutiny of its biodefence
programs, which skirt close to the ban on the production of biological weapons agents, if not actually contravening it.
We also assessed the biodefence
status of the patients.
A new book claims that a biodefence
lab in Alberta, Canada was a prime target for Russian spies.