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Tue September 21, 2010
Lansing biomanufacturer to develop new vaccine
By Mark Bashore, WKAR
LANSING, MI –
Lansing biotech company Emergent Biosolutions says it will study the development of a 'next-generation' anthrax vaccine.
The new project, which is expected to create 70 jobs, is triggered by a $186-million federal grant. Republican Congressman Mike Rogers, who toured the facility with reporters on Tuesday, says the venture could have implications in other health-related areas:
"It allows them to do a whole host of other things when it comes to biologics, for everything from tuberculosis to cancer," he says.
Rogers calls the grant a "down payment" on future security-related work at Emergent. He says the federal government considers an anthrax attack the most likely terror threat facing the country.
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