This was a rabbit-pox study. Try to find the results of their nonhuman primate testing... I'll give you a hint, Chimerix did their best to bury these results, probably with the monkeys.
bobby. If you go to oxitec's website you can see everything you are questioning regarding the study they want to have in the keys. Here are excerpts from the news section of their site:
"Oxitec in Florida features on Channel 4 News"
"Oxitec’s pioneering science has once again attracted coverage from a major news service.
Channel 4 News produced a thoughtful piece on Oxitec’s science and our work in the Florida Keys. View the story and video here."
"WHO @WHO 52m52 minutes ago
WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan: #ZikaVirus & #microcephaly situation is a Public Health Emergency of Intl Concern #alert"
"WHO @WHO 42m42 minutes ago
Dr Heymann emphasized vector control, surveillance, R&D for vaccines & other goods needed to control #Zika if link w/#microcephaly is proven"
"WHO @WHO 48m48 minutes ago
Dr Chan: [A coord intl response is also needed] to intensify the control of mosquito, to expedite the dvlpmnt of diagnostic tests, vax #Zika"
"WHO @WHO 49m49 minutes ago
Dr Chan: [At present, the most important #Zika protective measures are] the prevention of mosq bites in at-risk indivs, esp pregnant women"
now from the BBC:
"Zika-linked condition: WHO declares global emergency
By Michelle Roberts
Health editor, BBC News online
A cluster of microcephaly linked to the Zika virus in Latin America poses a global public health emergency requiring a united response, says the World Health Organization.
Experts are worried that the virus is spreading far and fast, with devastating consequences.
The infection has been linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains.
The WHO alert puts Zika in the same category of concern as Ebola.
It means research and aid will be fast-tracked to tackle the infection.
WHO director general, Margaret Chan called Zika an "extraordinary event" that needed a coordinated response.
"I am now declaring that the recent cluster of microcephaly and other neurological abnormalities reported in Latin America following a similar cluster in French Polynesia in 2014 constitutes a public health emergency of international concern."
She said the priorities were to protect pregnant women and their babies from harm and to control the mosquitoes that are spreading the virus.
She advised pregnant women:
to consider delaying travel to areas affected by Zika
seek advice from their physician if they are living in areas affected by Zika, as well as protect themselves against mosquito bites by wearing repellent
Dr Chan justified declaring an emergency even amid uncertainties about the disease, saying now was not the time to wait.
The WHO faced heavy criticism for waiting too long to declare the Ebola outbreak a public emergency.
XON has already made the front page of the New York Times on the Zika outbreak. After the WHO makes their declaration, I expect much more coverage on that declaration, and the technologies positioned to address it.
Per the Jerusalem Post:
"Geneva - Independent experts to the World Health Organization began deliberating on Monday whether to declare a global emergency over the Zika virus, which has been linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil.
The designation would fast-track international action and research priorities, following criticism of a hesitant response so far.
The United Nations agency said last week the Zika virus was "spreading explosively" and could infect as many as 4 million people in the Americas.
The WHO was criticized for reacting too slowly to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa which killed more than 10,000 people, and has promised to do better in future global health crises.
The 12 committee members, who are experts in epidemiology, public health and infectious diseases from the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa, discussed the issue in a telephone conference. A news briefing will be held on Tuesday afternoon at the earliest, the WHO said."
Based on previous statements that Zika is "spreading explosively" and their history of underestimating Ebola, odds are the WHO will declare a global emergency over Zika. Such declarations require action. As there are no vaccines or antivirals available to treat the Virus, promising candidates like INO's vaccine will most likely be granted fast track status as well as grant funding through HHS/BARDA.
Outside of accelerating therapeutic/vaccine development, actions available to governments and organizations like the WHO, include those aimed at targeting the vectors by attacking breeding grounds and mosquitoes through conventional approaches like fogging, and emerging techniques like XON's GMM's and Wolbachia bacterium based approaches like those backed by the Gates Foundation.
CNBC just repeated their segment on Zika... At the end it was mentioned they will be interviewing someone from Intrexon during Closing Bell to discuss how Brazil is fighting the problem.
Nephros Announces Publication of Observational Trial of DSU-D in a Hospital-Based Dialysis Facility
January 18, 2016 07:39 AM Eastern Standard Time
RIVER EDGE, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nephros, Inc. a commercial stage medical device company that develops and sells high performance liquid purification ultrafilters and an on-line mid-dilution hemodiafiltration system for use with hemodialysis machines for the treatment of End Stage Renal Disease patients, announced today that data about Nephros’ DSU-D ultrafilter was published online in Case Reports in Nephrology and Dialysis.
Title: Benefits of the Nephros Dual Stage Ultrafilter in Chronic Hemodialysis Patients: Evidence for Improved ESA Responsiveness
Nephros Challenge Ending Soon
In September 2015, the Company announced the Nephros Challenge, a program offering a money-back guarantee to encourage dialysis clinics to evaluate the performance improvement potential from using Nephros ultrafilters. The ultrafilters are used on the water and bicarbonate concentrate lines which feed into a hemodialysis machine. The ultrafilters retain particles as small as five nanometers (5nm), preventing bacteria, viruses and endotoxins from entering the machine. Nephros’ proprietary filter fiber provides superior protection and enables a five log reduction in levels of endotoxin, which is a key contributor to vascular inflammation in dialysis patients. Nephros ultrafilters are FDA 510(k) cleared for a 12-month product life when used in dialysis clinics.
The Nephros Challenge program continues until March 31, 2016. For dialysis clinics that wish to enroll in the Nephros Challenge before the promotion ends, they can contact their water system provider or contact Nephros
Monkeypox outbreak reported in Mbomou prefecture, Central African Republic
Posted by Robert Herriman on January 18, 2016
Health officials are advising the public to avoid any manipulation with sick or dead animals and their secretions as a monkeypox outbreak has struck Mbomou prefecture in southern Central African Republic (CAR).
According to the Ministry of Public Health, at least two deaths have been reported leaving a number of other people quarantined. The health ministry says they have the situation under control; however, they call for vigilance. Ms. Margueritte Maliévo Samba said, “I call all the Central African population in general and that of the Prefecture of Mbomou especially for calm and strict respect for preventive measures that were to wash hands regularly, avoid any manipulation with sick or dead animals and secretions of infected person and objects.”
This is the 3rd time monkeypox has been reported in CAR. Previously it was seen in Mbomou in 2001 and two years ago in Haute Kotto.
Monkeypox is a relatively rare disease caused by the virus with the same name, which is found primarily in central and western Africa.
His new book, Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland--and How to Thwart Them, lays out real-life potential attacks from a sitting intelligence expert who has had access to daily intelligence about the threats the United States faces. Here is an excerpt from the smallpox scenario:
"Fatimah emerged from the women's restroom next to the "City Hall" building in the Magic Kingdom's "Main Street, U.S.A." area at Disney World. She felt a bit better after having splashed some cold water on her face, but was still feeling faint. She fumbled in her purse and pulled out a handheld electric fan that sprayed water, which she used to spray the air all around her. Before she put it away, she made sure to turn around and spray the bathroom door handle.
Fatimah joined the throngs of people making their way down the "Main Street." She was not going anywhere in particular. Her job was simply to make a few ambling circuits of the park, maybe wait in some lines for a few minutes, visit the restroom, and generally spend time in areas where she found a high concentration of people. All she had to do was breathe, cough when she felt like it, and remember to use her spraying fan.
She sprayed wherever she could, making use of the multiple refill cartridges she kept in her purse. She innocuously sprayed wherever crowds were thickest, whenever she lingered at food carts, and whenever she went through a doorway. The spray was refreshing, but it wasn't just water. It was a solution made from the serum Dr. Aziz had supplied, and it carried a deadly strain of smallpox."
William Haynes Joins CSRA as EVP, General Counsel
William Haynes II, formerly executive vice president and general counsel of SIGA Technologies, has joined CSRA Inc. as EVP, general counsel and corporate secretary.
Haynes will be responsible for the company’s legal affairs, compliance and corporate governance, CSRA said Friday.
“We’re delighted that someone with Jim’s extensive corporate as well as government legal experience and a proven track record in ever increasing positions of responsibility will be joining the CSRA team,” said Larry Prior, CSRA’s president and CEO.
The three-decade private and public sector veteran previously served as chief corporate counsel at Chevron Corp.
He was also the general counsel of the Defense Department, partner at Jenner & Block, VP and associate general counsel of General Dynamics and general counsel of the U.S. Army.
There was actually more volume today than DSC decision day.
224k still sitting on the bid at .401. Happy new year to you too.