Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Leidos Wins CDC Bioinformatics Contract Worth up to $13M

NEW YORK – Consulting firm Leidos said Tuesday that it has been awarded a contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide bioinformatics and high-performance computing support services. The deal has a maximum value of more than $13 million and could run for about five years if both parties exercise all options.

Under the contract, Reston, Virginia-based Leidos will work with the CDC's Office of Advanced Molecular Detection to support the federal agency with IT and analytics in areas including genomics, proteomics, HPC, and management of very large datasets. Most of the work will be performed at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, according to Leidos.

"Our world-class scientific and technical team will help CDC investigate infectious pathogens and generate new discoveries to help prevent future pandemics," Liz Porter, president of the Leidos Health Group, said in a statement. "These discoveries could lead to transformative advances in public health."

The Scan

Panel Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Kids

CNN reports that the US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted in favor of authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old.

Sharing How to Make It

Merck had granted a royalty-free license for its COVID-19 treatment to the Medicines Patent Pool, according to the New York Times.

Bring it Back In

Bloomberg reports that a genetic analysis has tied a cluster of melioidosis cases in the US to a now-recalled aromatherapy spray.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of somatic mutations in normal tissue, viral receptor-related expression signatures, and more.