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Moderna lands $25M grant to develop its RNA platform against infectious diseases, bioterror

Moderna Therapeutics' messenger RNA therapy platform is attracting attention these days. The Cambridge, MA-based company has won a notable deal with the U.S. government--worth up to $25 million--to develop its therapeutics to make antibody-producing drugs that would combat emerging infectious diseases and biological health threats.

GlaxoSmithKline wins up to $200M federal contract to develop new antibiotics

In the first collaboration of its kind, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority has brought on GlaxoSmithKline to help the federal agency develop new antibiotics to combat bioterrorism and growing resistance to the drugs.

Sarepta reports promising preclinical results for antibioterrorism drug

Sarepta Therapeutics is getting closer to developing a therapy to treat a rare animal-borne disease considered a bioterrorism threat by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cangene drug against bioterrorism toxin likely safe for humans, says FDA

A panel of drug regulators deems a therapy developed by Cangene likely to be effective in humans to protect against a toxin considered a bioterrorism threat.

HHS shoots down bond plan for risky biotech bets

The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), dismissed a biotech industry proposal for using government bonds rather than contracts to fund projects to advance vaccines and other meds for conditions resulting from bioterrorism, Bloomberg reported.

NJ biotech wins $14.5M from U.S. gov't to study drug against anthrax

Uncle Sam has ponied up another $14.5 million in funding to advance Elusys Therapeutics' experimental drug for treating patients after anthrax attacks, according to the company. And the Pine Brook, NJ-based biopharma group is working on a plan for late-stage development of the antibody drug, ETI-204 or Anthim.

Scientists demonstrate how bird flu could trigger a pandemic

After a lingering controversy over bioterror fears that kept a study under wraps for months, investigators have revealed how 5 simple genetic "tweaks" could make the virus spread swiftly among humans.

Fearing weaponized H5N1, U.S. security officials move to censor research

A panel of U.S. biosecurity officials is asking investigators to keep some of their new research on bird flu under wraps, fearing that terrorists could use the information on the infectious disease

Feds' $1B antiterror drug development program yields little

The U.S. government has been given an expensive lesson on just how frustrating new drug research can be. Over the past five years the feds invested a billion dollars in new programs to find and

New bioterror lab will target infectious disease therapies

A new, $50 million biomedical research lab has been completed at George Mason University near Washington D.C. and is being ramped up to study new therapies for infectious diseases--including a range