Witnesses assess US biosecurity infrastructure as inadequate

This article was originally posted by AgriPulse. Senate Agriculture Committee members can’t say they weren’t warned. A panel of witnesses spoke to the committee on Wednesday and all essentially delivered the same message: the current defense against pests, pathogens, and biosecurity threats to the food system needs work. “If you were an enemy of the United […]

Biodefense Internship Program

Orion Integrated Biosciences Inc. is a Biodefense Company advancing new analytical and visualization tools for the detection, characterization and mitigation of infectious diseases and the interpretation and contextualization of Big Data for Biodefense.  Our activities focus on strengthening national security by supporting the Department of Homeland Security through DHS Centers of Excellence (e.g., the Center […]

Ptaschinski to manage Institute programs at nexus of animal health and information technology

Maryn Ptaschinski, DVM, has joined the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) as program manager. Ptaschinski will be assisting in designing, implementing and managing the research and education portfolios for the Institute and will be providing management oversight of research and training projects – specifically those focused at the nexus of animal health and information […]

Simmons brings wide range of veterinary experience to IIAD associate director position

Heather Simmons, DVM, MSVPH, has recently been named as associate director for the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD). In her previous role at IIAD, Simmons served as Education and Outreach Theme Leader, overseeing a multi-million dollar education and extension portfolio and building a program portfolio which continues to span K-12, graduate and professional training […]

New office aims to strengthen relationships with US agriculture

“Our modern agricultural economy is highly dependent upon two things: freedom from disease and trade,” said Melissa Berquist, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases. “Following the outbreak of an infectious livestock or poultry disease, the ability to efficiently implement science-based standards and demonstrate freedom from disease is imperative to limiting the loss […]

Protecting the Homeland Security working dogs that protect our borders

From protecting our borders to patrolling our airports, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) manages more than 3,000 working dogs in various capacities. These specialized dogs are highly valuable and an integral part of both search and rescue functions and detection of concealed persons, narcotics or explosives – meaning that keeping them healthy is […]

New Report from Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense finds animal agriculture increasingly threatened – Calls for immediate action

‘Defense of Animal Agriculture’ Provides Specific Recommendations for Protecting One of the Largest Sectors of U.S. Economy    The increasing rate of emerging and reemerging animal diseases, along with threats and attempts by those with nefarious intent to attack food and agriculture, point to the need to reduce the biological risk to America’s food and […]

AgConnect® technology showcases potential to protect US cattle industry

In the spring of 2010, John Wenzel, DVM, New Mexico State University Extension Veterinarian, observed an increasing number of bred cows aborting their calves. By the fall of 2011, that number spiked even more. Using early technology that was later developed into the mHealth mobile application, a component of the AgConnect® system, Wenzel was able […]

New Foot-and-Mouth Disease Rapid Diagnostic Kit gets license for use in U.S. Livestock

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 19, 2017 DHS S&T Press Office John Verrico, (202) 254-2385 Washington — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) announced today the licensing of a rapid-response (three-hour) Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) diagnostic kit by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB).  Developed by […]