BIRMINGHAM, Ala. , Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Southern Research Institute -- a not-for-profit scientific organization that conducts basic and applied research in the areas of preclinical drug discovery and development, advanced engineering, environmental and energy production -- today announced that it has been awarded a subcontract from Black & Veatch to help support the U.S. Department of Defense's Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP) in the Ukraine .
The award is expected to generate up to
As the prime integrating contractor, Black & Veatch will design, engineer and deploy systems, processes and technologies to further strengthen reporting, detection and response capabilities. Southern Research will provide a wide range of scientific consulting in the design and implementation of modern diagnostic laboratories throughout the Ukraine . Additionally, Southern Research will facilitate collaborative research projects conducted by US-Ukraine interdisciplinary teams. The Southern Research biological threat reduction program will be managed by Mary Guttieri , Ph.D., based in Washington DC , in conjunction with William Severson , Ph.D., and Colleen B. Jonsson , Ph.D., based in Birmingham, Ala.
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the BTRP's implementer, awarded Black & Veatch, a leading global engineering consulting and construction company, one of the agency's major Biological Threat Reduction Integrating Contracts (BTRIC), with a collective ceiling of
The task order includes enhancing the Ukraine's existing network of human and veterinary diagnostic laboratories that handle especially dangerous pathogens. It also involves strengthening biosafety and biosecurity measures to combat bioterrorism and prevent the proliferation of biological weapons-related technology, pathogens, and expertise while enhancing the government's existing disease surveillance systems to detect and report bioterrorism attacks, epidemics and potential pandemics.
DTRA safeguards the United States and its allies from weapons of mass destruction (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high explosives) by providing capabilities to reduce, eliminate and counter the threat and mitigate its effects. This combat support agency serves as the intellectual, technical, and operational leader for the Department of Defense in the national effort to combat weapons of mass destruction. Established in 1998, this year DTRA celebrates 10 years of creative solutions through teamwork.
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