Release Date:  November 26, 2001

NOTICE:  NOT-AI-02-004

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

In response to anthrax public health threats, The National Institute of 
Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH is interested in facilitating 
and expediting the development of anthrax recombinant protective antigen 
(rPA) vaccines.  NIAID announces that its vaccine production and support 
contractor, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been 
designated to solicit and serve as the main contact point for information 
about potential (rPA) vaccines from all possible sources.   NIAID has 
determined that, in order to systematically accumulate and prioritize the 
number of candidate vaccines that appear to be available, SAIC will serve as 
the single portal through which this information will be received for 
consideration.  The principal contact at SAIC, Dr. Mark Brunswick, may be 
reached on 301-228-3135 or via e-mail:   Only 
information gathered by SAIC and submitted by respondents to this notice will 
be considered.   Enquiries made of NIAID directly will be referred to SAIC. 
NIAID is aware that some organizations may have concerns about expressions of 
interest in development of an rPA anthrax vaccine or sharing their 
proprietary data.   SAIC will forward any such concerns to NIAID in 
confidence for consideration on a case-by-case basis.  SAIC will begin a 
dialogue with respondents and will assist NIAID in defining the technical 
criteria by which these vaccines will be considered.  NIAID strongly 
encourages any educational institution, business or individual with potential 
anthrax rPA vaccines to contact SAIC at their earliest convenience to assist 
in responding to this public health threat.  

Contact Information:

Dr. Mark Brunswick
Telephone:  (301) 228-3135

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