Influenza Research Database

Vecna is pleased to announce the award of a new influenza bioinformatics contract. This new web-based resource project will be called the Influenza Research Database, or IRD. Sponsored in whole by NIAID, this multimillion dollar, four year award is to Northrop Grumman, UTSW, Sage Analytica and Vecna Technologies, Inc., and marks the continued development of a powerful database and research resource for the influenza community. Spun out of a prior contract, BioHealthBase, which concerned the informatic analysis of genomes of pathogens causing TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis), Tularemia (Francisella tularensis), Microsporidial infections, and poisoning by Ricin toxin of the Castor plant, the new resource focuses exclusively on Influenza research, and will mark the largest collection of flu isolate data worldwide. It is under the direction of Dr. Richard Scheuermann at UT-Southwestern (Dallas) and stems from the renewal of the Influenza portion of the BioHealthBase work. It will expand focus to include work from Los Alamos National Labs (LANL, Catherine Macken), UC-Davis (Dr. Nicole Baumgarth), and will incorporate data from the many Influenza Centers of Excellence (CEIRS). Vecna will provide engineering and science expertise to the new web resource, with bioinformatics analysis pipelines, algorithms, and workflows.

The web location will be found at fludb.org.

Please direct inquiries regarding this vehicle to Vecna’s Federal Program Director, Rob Lecker. (703) 998-5333 rlecker@vecna.com