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Battelle to manage second biodefense lab at Fort Detrick

FREDERICK – Battelle Memorial Institute says it has won a $257 million, 10-year contract to run a National Institutes of Health biological defense laboratory at Fort Detrick.

Battelle has now secured management contracts for two of the high-security laboratories planned at a multi-agency biodefense campus at the Army installation in Frederick. In December, Battelle National Biodefense Institute, a unit of Columbus, Ohio-based Battelle, won a $250 million, five-year contract to run a Department of Homeland Security laboratory at Fort Detrick. That contract has five optional one-year extensions for a total potential value of $500 million.

Battelle said Tuesday it will provide up to 119 scientists and technicians to staff the High Containment Integrated Research Facility planned by the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, an NIH unit. The lab will open in the fall of 2008, Battelle said.

The Homeland Security agency’s National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center is expected to open in July, eventually employing about 120 people.

Battelle is a nonprofit research and development organization with worldwide revenue of $3.8 billion in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2006. It manages or co-manages six national laboratories for the federal energy and homeland security agencies.

Subcontractors on the NIH contract include the Midwest Research Institute, Loveless Respiratory Research Institute, Charles River Laboratories, Tunnell Consulting and the Washington Technology Group, Battelle said.