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Southern Research Wins $37 Million Black & Veatch Sub-Contract for Biological Threat Reduction Program
Date:12/2/2008

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 $37 million in revenues for Southern Research over the next five years. "We are honored that Black & Veatch has selected our Southern Research team to provide support for such an important global program," said John A. "Jack" Secrist III, Ph.D., president and CEO of Southern Research Institute. "Working with Black & Veatch on the Ukraine task order will allow Southern Research to not only contribute to the safety and well-being of the United States, but to use our knowledge and expertise for global safety as well."

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 th
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