The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), Office of National Laboratories (ONL) and Chemical and Biological Defense Division (CBD) in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) are requesting information regarding utilization alternatives for the planned Biotechnology Development Module (BDM) a planned component of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). The BDM will provide a distinct environment for scientific synergy, attract animal health industry involvement and serve to encourage public-private partnerships as vaccine candidates emerge from NBAF. The information provided by industry and other interested stakeholders in response to the Request for Information (RFI) will be used by DHS and USDA to better plan the scope, capacity, and utilization alternatives for the BDM facility. The RFI can be found in the Federal Register and FedBizOpps
To further facilitate the information exchange between the government and industry, DHS will conduct a BDM Webinar on April 22, 2013 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST. The goals of the webinar are: 1) Provide an overview of the planned mission requirements of the BDM; 2) Provide the proposed BDM design; 3) Review analogous current and planned biological countermeasure production initiatives; 4) Gauge industry interest in the utilization of the BDM to enhance collaboration. This webinar is designed to explore the role of the NBAF BDM and how it fits within the broader context of countermeasure development for protecting U.S. agriculture through presentations from DHS and USDA and a Q&A session.
Due to sequestration, the BDM public workshop originally scheduled for March 22, 2013 was canceled. In lieu of a workshop in Kansas, DHS will host a webinar on April 22, 2013 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST. This webinar is free, however registration is required by April 19 in order for participants to receive a log-in username and password. Please register by e-mailing your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BDM is designed to support the development and eventual license of products/reagents discovered/developed at the NBAF laboratory. The goal of the BDM is to provide product quality assurance and master seed stock qualification, which will allow quicker regulatory reviews and approvals of materials and products to respond to potential emergencies and threats to national and global food stocks. The BDM would address a critical need to develop pilot manufacturing processes to transfer reagents and technology to the veterinary pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and, in some emergency situations, to the end users in the field combating the spread of a trans-boundary or zoonotic disease in livestock.
In preparation for the workshop the following presentation is provided for additional information regarding the BDM design, operational construct, intellectual property and technology transfer.