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Emergent to develop anthrax vaccine on HHS’ behalf

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON Emergent BioSolutions has landed a $51 million contract from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority to develop a new anthrax vaccine.

In the first two years of the contract, Emergent will develop the final vaccine formulation and test its stability. HHS said it can extend the contract annually for up to three years to support scale-up and optimization for large-scale manufacturing, as well as additional animal studies needed to apply for Food and Drug Administration approval of the vaccine.

If the government extends the contract for all three years, the total five-year contract value could be $186.6 million.

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Water Quality Association certifies ZeroWater as copper-reducing filter

BY Allison Cerra

BENSALEM, Pa. Zero Technologies’ new filter pitcher has received a special certification from the Water Quality Association for the reduction of copper found in tap water.

The company said that since water can pick up dissolved solids, including copper and lead, as it travels through numerous pipes to the faucet, its ZeroWater filter pitcher can eliminate such potentially dangerous levels from being consumed, with patented five-stage, dual ion-exchange water filtration technology.

 

Doug Kellam, CEO of Zero Technologies, said, “This latest certification underscores the evolution of water filtration technology available directly to the consumer to improve the taste and safety of their tap water. ZeroWater can now take yet another step forward in delivering a great-tasting, economic alternative to purified bottled water. Anyone making the transition from bottled water or conventional carbon-based filtration can now make a better informed choice when it comes to comparing the various possibilities for at-home water filtration systems.”

 

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Fresh & Easy kicks off annual Shop for Schools program

BY Allison Cerra

FRESNO, Calif. A regional supermarket chain’s third annual fundraising program, designed to benefit schools across three states, commenced at a Fresno, Calif., store opening on Thursday.

Fresh & Easy’s Shop for Schools program allows schools in California, Arizona and Nevada to sign up to receive donations from the supermarket chain. How it works: Participating schools will receive a $1 cash donation for every $20 receipt collected from any Fresh & Easy store through Dec. 31. At the end of the program, Fresh & Easy will award the top fundraising school in each state with a $5,000 bonus.

In addition to collecting receipts, registered schools can participate in Shopping Nights, which provide an opportunity to raise even more money. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on each school’s designated shopping night, 5% of the total sales at the local Fresh & Easy store are donated to the school.

“We’re excited that Shop for Schools has played such an important role over the past two school years in bringing needed funds to neighborhood classrooms,” said Tim Mason, Fresh & Easy CEO. “We are happy to be able to help, and we hope schools are even more successful through this year’s program.”

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