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Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) Roundtable

Gigi Kwik Gronvall, Bradley T. Smith, Jason Matheny, Michael Mair, Allison Chamberlain, Shana Deitch, Luciana Borio, Thomas V. Inglesby, Tara O’Toole
Date posted:
July 03, 2007
Publication type:
Meeting report

Biosecur Bioterror 2007;5(2):174-179

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
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On March 22, 2007, the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) convened an invitational meeting to discuss the implementation of Title IV of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (P.L. 109-417, passed in December 2006), which seeks to improve the development of medical countermeasures for national security threats. The Act requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop a strategic plan, and deliver it to Congress on June 19, 2007, to integrate biodefense and emerging infectious disease requirements with advanced research and development, strategic initiatives for innovation, and the procurement of qualified countermeasures.

The goals for the meeting were to provide ideas for improving the research, development, and procurement of countermeasures; to provide concrete suggestions for building an effective partnership between HHS and the biopharmaceutical industry for developing countermeasures; and to facilitate communication among HHS, industry, Congress, and all other parties interested in the development of medical countermeasures for the nation. The Center for Biosecurity will offer, in a separate report, suggestions for how HHS might develop strategic, flexible defense initiatives in BARDA.



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