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FDA Funds Organ-on-Chip to Test Radiation Disease Treatments

Gut-on-a-chip (Wyss Institute, Harvard University)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration awarded a contract to a Harvard University lab for simulated organ devices to test radiation disease countermeasures. The $5.6 million award will fund the work of Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering from FDA’s research and development program on regulatory science and . . . → Read More: FDA Funds Organ-on-Chip to Test Radiation Disease Treatments

University, Corporation Partnering on Paint-Stripping Robots

Artist’s depiction of robots deployed to strip coatings from a C-130 cargo plane (National Robotics Engineering Center)

National Robotics Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and Concurrent Technologies Corporation in Johnstown, Pennsylvania are developing robotic systems with lasers to strip paint from aircraft. The two-year project is funded by a contract from . . . → Read More: University, Corporation Partnering on Paint-Stripping Robots

Contract Awarded for Stem Cell Derived Burn Therapy

Stem cells derived from body fat extracted during liposuction (Cytori Therapeutics)

Cytori Therapeutics in San Diego received a contract from Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) for development of a cell therapy to treat thermal burns combined with radiation injury. The contract from BARDA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and . . . → Read More: Contract Awarded for Stem Cell Derived Burn Therapy

Start-Up Gets Army Brain Injury Field Diagnostics Contract

(Army.mil)

BrainScope Company Inc. in Bethesda, Maryland received a U.S. Army contract to develop a medical device to diagnose traumatic brain injuries in the field using smartphone-enabled technology. The $2.67 million contract with the four year-old company runs for two years.

The award funds development of a device to help in the triage of . . . → Read More: Start-Up Gets Army Brain Injury Field Diagnostics Contract

NASA Awards Contracts for Commercial Human Space Flights

Dragon capsule (Space Exploration Technologies)

NASA signed new agreements today with three American companies to design and develop the next round of U.S. human space flights, succeeding the Space Shuttle and leading to a launch of astronauts from U.S. soil in the next five years. The agreements, which call for a base development period . . . → Read More: NASA Awards Contracts for Commercial Human Space Flights

Vaccine Developer Awarded Countermeasures Center Contract

(U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Emergent BioSolutions Inc. in Rockville, Maryland was awarded a contract from Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to establish a development center for medical countermeasures against public health emergencies. BARDA is a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The eight-year contract is valued . . . → Read More: Vaccine Developer Awarded Countermeasures Center Contract

DARPA Awards $8 Million Synthetic Biology Contract

(Wikimedia Commons)

The Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded an $8 million contract to Amyris Inc. of California for tools to expand the scope of Amyris’s industrial synthetic biology technology across various biological platforms and cell types. DARPA awarded the contract under its Living Foundries research program.

With the Living . . . → Read More: DARPA Awards $8 Million Synthetic Biology Contract

Agilent to Develop Salmonella, Fish Species Tests for FDA

Salmonella typhimurium, in red, invading cultured human cells. (Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH)

Agilent Technologies Inc. in Santa Clara, California, a developer of instrumentation for chemical and life science analysis, unveiled its agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to develop new tests for the agency’s regulation of food. One set of tests . . . → Read More: Agilent to Develop Salmonella, Fish Species Tests for FDA

Research Institute, XCOR Partner on Suborbital Test Flights

Lynx suborbital spacecraft (XCOR Aerospace Inc.)

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio says it will conduct suborbital space missions with SwRI payload specialist astronauts flying aboard one or two test missions in the XCOR Aerospace Lynx Mark I vehicle. The flights are expected to test capabilities of the Lynx vehicle with actual researchers . . . → Read More: Research Institute, XCOR Partner on Suborbital Test Flights

Analytics Company, Johns Hopkins to Study Asthma Genomes

(Genome.gov)

Knome Inc., a genomics analysis company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, says it received a contract from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore to provide its software and services for a study of genetic variants that contribute to asthma in African American and African Caribbean populations. Financial terms of the contract were not . . . → Read More: Analytics Company, Johns Hopkins to Study Asthma Genomes