Zika virus risk symbol as the shadow of a disease carrying mosquito forming text that represents the danger of transmitting infection through bug bites resulting in zika fever.

Emergent BioSolutions Lands Contract to Develop and Manufacture Zika Virus Vaccine

Zika virus risk symbol as the shadow of a disease carrying mosquito forming text that represents the danger of transmitting infection through bug bites resulting in zika fever.

Gaithersburg based biotech company Emergent BioSolutions has been tapped to develop and manufacture an early stage Zika Virus vaccine.

The company announced that its Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM) has been awarded a contract from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) valued up to $21.9 million, this week. BARDA is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and works to develop responses to public health threats.

According to a news release, the company will develop the vaccine based on material provided by BARDA.

“Emergent is pleased to partner with BARDA to address the emerging public health threat in Zika,” Adam Havey, executive vice president and president, biodefense division of Emergent BioSolutions, said. “We look forward to executing on this task order and working collaboratively with the government in its efforts to help contain this epidemic,”  he said.

Maureen Chowdhury

About Maureen Chowdhury

Maureen Chowdhury is a multimedia journalist with Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at mchowdhury@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter at @MediaMaureen. Maureen authors the blog Sound Check on MyMCMedia.

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