Edmond Scientific Wins $249M IDIQ to Provide Business, Engineering, and Information Systems Support

Alexandria, Virginia (November 2018) –– Edmond Scientific Company (ESC) is pleased to announce its award of an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract under the Joint Enterprise Omnibus Program, Engineering and Technical Support (JE-OPETS) contract vehicle.  ESC will provide resources to support the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND) Headquarters, Directorates and five Joint Project Managers (JPMs) in the Business and Analytics, Engineering and Technology, and Information Technology (BEI) business areas as a prime contractor.  This full and open contract has a ceiling of $249 million and an ordering period of a 5-year Base Period and one 1-year Option Period.  Under this contract, ESC will provide support BEI professional support, as required, to assist the JPEO-CBRND as the Total Life cycle Systems Manager for the Chemical and Biological Defense Programs (CBDPs) within the Department of Defense (DoD).

Performance shall take place in multiple cities in the Continental United States (CONUS) and Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS), including but not limited to the US locations of Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Maryland; Ft. Detrick, Maryland; Ft. Belvoir, Virginia; Stafford, Virginia; San Diego, California; MacDill AFB, FL; Dahlgren, VA;, Boston, MA; Camp Lejeune, NC; Camp Pendleton, CA; Ft. Leonard Wood, MO; Ft. Sam Houston, TX, and; Albany, GA.

Other Federal organizations outside of the JPEO-CBRND may use JE-OPETS-BEI with JPEO-CBRND approval.  For ordering information, please contact the Contracting Office:

Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG)
Natick Contracting Division
CCAP-SCN, Building 1, 15 General Greene Avenue
Natick MA 01760-5011

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About JPEO CBRND
JPEO-CBRND manages a dynamic and diverse portfolio of critical warfighting capabilities that require cohesive and innovative total life cycle systems management approaches. Due to the schedule-driven nature and criticality of solutions to the Warfighter, a cohesive strategy for rapid assessments, evaluation, fielding, New Equipment Training (NET), sustainment, and continuous product improvement activities are essential to the JPEO-CBRND support strategy to its customers.

Edmond Scientific Unveils New Tool to Support Agile Development and Integrate Existing CASE Tools

Chantilly, Virginia (September 2018) – After a year in development, Edmond Scientific Company (ESC) has unveiled a new product to provide an integrated ecosystem for managing agile software developments across the enterprise and integrate with existing tools.  The product supports existing and emerging development frameworks, to include Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) practices in organizations.  SAFe is designed to coordinate and manage multiple agile teams for software development of enterprise systems, but tooling and automated documentation to support SAFe has lagged.

ESC’s new tooling provides enterprise scaling while integrating with existing CASE tools, documentation and repositories.  It provides a SAFe-conforming structured data capture environment supported with smart forms that are intended to be used by non-specialists distributed throughout the organization to create an extended ecosystem of stakeholders.  Moreover, it provides computational capability of SAFe concepts and artifacts so that alerts, dependencies, schedule impacts, and cross-team requirements are automatically calculated so that meetings are held to resolve incongruities and cross-team issues, not identify them.  Dashboards are used to present customizable information through all levels of management and decision-making.

For a demonstration of our tooling or a free consultation to discuss how our SAFe tooling could benefit your organization, please contact us at SAFe@edmondsci.com.

Edmond Scientific Awarded Patent for Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)

Chantilly, Virginia (October 2017) – Edmond Scientific Company (ESC) was awarded its patent for protecting controlled classified and unclassified information using Attribute-Base Access Control (ABAC) technology to restrict access to unauthorized users. Using tuned vocabularies for a particular industry or application, the Security Labeling System (SLS) marks the data stream for enforcement, and allows either the masking or redaction of information to unauthorized users in real-time.

For Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), this solves the problem of how to identify and apply markings to controlled documents and data.

The technology has a direct application to protections against insider threats, and is one technology which provides a pathway to full compliance with 32 CFR Part 2002 for safeguards for Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).  ESC is developing the technology beyond its current healthcare vocabularies, to include financial, contracting, procurement, and other sensitive information as described in the CUI Registry (see National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) https://www.archives.gov/cui/registry/category-list)

For more information, please see http://edmondsci.com/technologies/security-labeling-service-sls/information-marking-for-controlled-unclassified-information-cui/

To arrange a demonstration, please contact us.

Edmond Scientific Awarded Contract for Research, Development, and Production of CBRNE Defense Systems

Chantilly, Virginia (November 2017) – Edmond Scientific Company (ESC) received an award for research and development (R&D) of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Enhanced/Explosive (CBRNE) defense systems, capabilities, equipment, supplies and material; and development and production of future CBRNE defense capabilities. The Joint Enterprise Research, Development, Acquisition and Production/Procurement (JE-RDAP) contract covers all phases of DOD CBRNE defensive systems development, from Materiel Development Decision (MDD) through Materiel Solution Analysis Phase, Technical Maturation/Risk Reduction (TMRR) Phase, Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) Phase, and the Production and Deployment (P&D) Phase.  The contract also covers not just research, design, development, and manufacture of these systems, but integration of systems/capabilities with both CBRNE and non-CBRNE systems and information systems.

Edmond Scientific’s JE-RDAP award will extend our expertise in:

  • Conducting basic and applied R&D in CBRN Medical Countermeasure Systems (MCMs) to include biomarker, biological identification, and FDA-approved diagnostic systems,
  • CBRNE information systems including providing an “end-to-end”, easily accessible
    set of CBRN enterprise capabilities
  • Providing subject matter expertise (SME) in regulatory affairs supporting MCM development pathways and FDA regulatory policy
  • Providing scientific support and SME in pre-clinical support of early stage drug development products optimized through Phase 1 for antimicrobials including nontraditional antimicrobial approaches to include:
    • Vaccine and MCM candidates
    • Animal models
    • Assay development and validation; product potency, stability, immunogenicity testing in translational and clinical trials
    • Safety and efficacy evaluation of vaccines
    • Supporting nonclinical product development
  • Providing SME in pharmaceutical manufacturing, including scale-up manufacturing of an R&D program for a MCM in order to meet the operational requirements of the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD)
  • Providing scientific support and SME in technology transfer and partnering with industry

For more information, please contact us.  For scientific staff, please send your resume through our career portal.

ESC Releases 42 CFR Part 2 Privacy Protection Cloud-Based Software as a Service (SaaS)

Fairfax Virginia–August 2017

ESC has released the latest version of its Security Labeling Service (SLS) as a cloud-based, Software as a Service (SaaS) application for use by Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), Network Providers, and other Covered Entities to detect and protect sensitive substance abuse, mental health, and infectious disease information–known as 42 CFR Part 2 data. The cloud-based SLS receives CDAs, CCDAs, and HL7v2 records, detects sensitive data in the structured and unstructured data fields, and returns either the results to the sender or a transformed record for proper processing according to HL7 standards and specifications.

The result is that HIEs and other entities can now accept and process sensitive Part 2 records knowing that the information is identified and protected. Data protections can be implemented either at the document level with a high-water mark, or at the data element level using masking or redaction per the organizational policies of the senders and recipients. The ESC business model allows transactional billing using a simple credit card.

For more information, integration questions using our APIs, or a demonstration, please contact us at 703-955-7722.

Edmond Scientific Wins 2017 FedHealthIT Innovation Award

June 2017 – Edmond Scientific Company (ESC) is the recipient of a 2017 Federal Health Information Technology (HIT) Innovation Award for its role in advancing HIT. The FedHealthIT Innovation Awards, held on June 6th, comprised more than 250 federal health leaders from government and industry to recognize 25 of the top federal health programs and teams behind innovation efforts at Veterans Affairs, Military Health, Health and Human Services, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Nominated and chosen by their peers, the awardees stand out based on their willingness to take on achievable risk, and more importantly, to deliver real results in support of their mission.

ESC won the award based upon its work leading research and development (R&D) activities in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Emerging Health Technology Advancement Center (EHTAC). EHTAC evaluates and advances emerging technologies for application in the VA to improve clinical outcomes, efficiency, performance, decision-making, and security and privacy. EHTAC is a lab environment used to conduct investigations of emerging technologies or trends expected to mature within a 5-year window. A key focus is leading VA interoperability pilots and demonstrations. Through EHTAC, ESC has led the development and transition of technologies into enterprise capabilities in the VA for such capabilities as enabling patient choice and control over the sharing of their health data through the enforcement of consent, runtime data segmentation and protection of structured and unstructured sensitive information in documents and data flows, data tagging capabilities to map ontologies to clinical decision making systems, advancement of role-based and attribute-based access control architectures to maximize capabilities of enterprise commercial security products purchased by the VA, and federated security architectures that provide for the synchronized application of access control rules and policies across organizational boundaries and disparate systems and protocols. In short, ESC R&D through EHTAC has led to greater empowerment and choice for veterans as patients over their care, and has provided greater and finer privacy and protection of their information in a large health enterprise such as the VA, without impeding information sharing and speed of access needed to deliver care.

ESC to Present at Cloud Identity Summit in Chicago, June 2017

Chicago, IL — Edmond Scientific Company (ESC) will present at the Cloud Identity Summit 2017 in Chicago in June (#cloudidsummit).  The conference will focus on “Intelligent Identity” and ESC’s presentation topic will be “Identity in Healthcare”.

ESC will discuss our ability to provide federated identity in cloud architectures for integrated health practices and health exchange utilizing cloud infrastructure.  ESC will also discuss our bridging technology that allows us to bridge authentication systems to provide authorization decisions and access control based upon a unified identity ecosystem.

For more information, please contact Tony Mallia at amallia@edmondsci.com

 

ESC Researchers to Present at Society of Toxicology in March 2017

Baltimore, MD — Edmond Scientific Company (ESC) researchers will present their latest findings to the scientific community, and shared experiences with their colleagues at the annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology (SOT)  in Baltimore in March 2017.

Founded in 1961, the Society of Toxicology (SOT) is a professional and scholarly organization of scientists from academic institutions, government, and industry representing the great variety of scientists who practice toxicology in the US and abroad. The Society’s mission is to create a safer and healthier world by advancing the science and increasing the impact of toxicology.

ESC supported research in neurodegenerative disorders and injury, and integrative physiology and behavior.  ESC research reported on the effects of toxic exposure in adult and aged populations on seizure activity and neuronal loss, and related it to the loss of hippocampal interneurons and reduced inhibition which may lead to increased susceptibility to the development of seizures in an aged population.  Other research related to researching better treatments against pharmaco-resistant seizures using combinations of drugs aimed at reversing the effects of maladaptive receptor trafficking.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the research was performed to reduce the extensive neuropathology and long-term performance deficits of uncontrolled seizures as a result of exposure to toxic Chemical Warfare Nerve Agents (CWNAs).  However, the research also has direct relevance to other aged-related medical research areas that focus on neuronal loss and neurotoxicity due to natural and artificial causes.

ESC Providing Army Public and Behavioral Health Research, Analysis and Operations Support

The U.S. Army Public Health Center (USAPHC) manages the full spectrum of activities and programs related to health promotion, wellness, behavioral health, and the prevention of disease, injury, and disability of Soldiers and military retirees, their Families, and Department of the Army civilian employees. ESC supports USAPHC across five (5) portfolios: Army Health Promotion and Wellness, Clinical Public Health & Epidemiology, Public Health Information, Health Risk Management, and Basic and Applied Research. ESC provides:

  • Program Managers/Project Officers/Trainers to support Health Promotion and Wellness Operations outreach activities
  • Statisticians/Applied Economists for program/project evaluation, applied research, statistical and data analysis support
  • Financial and Management Analysts for budgetary support

As part of this effort, ESC devised and implemented health promotion strategies and oversight of Army Health Promotion Operations.  ESC provided technical assistance and training (TA/T), and program management support for health promotion strategies in support of Army Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) and Ready and resilient (R2) operations.  In this role, we helped develop policy guidance relating to health risk, behavioral health strategies, and executed outreach strategies and programs to Soldiers and military retirees, their Families, and Department of the Army civilian employees.

For more information or if you would like to become a part of public and behavioral health research and analysis activities, contact careers@edmondsci.com

Edmond Scientific Presents at Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting

November 2016, San Diego — Edmond Scientific Company (ESC) researchers presented their latest findings to the scientific community, and shared experiences with their colleagues at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) in San Diego.  SfN’s goal is to advance the shared understanding of the brain and nervous system, and the purpose of the annual SfN meeting is to share research; learn new techniques, theories, and other efforts that could be applied to ESC supported research in neurodegenerative disorders and injury, and integrative physiology and behavior.  ESC supported research was presented during on the topics of “Age-dependent susceptibility to seizure and neuronal loss” and “Anticonvulsant, antiepileptic and neuroprotective effects of ketamine, valproate and midazolam polytherapy”.  The first topic addresses the increased susceptibility of the aged population (65 years and older) to status epilepticus (SE) and recurrent seizure activity, as well as the neuropathological underpinnings of this increased vulnerability.  ESC research reported on the effects of toxic exposure in adult and aged populations on seizure activity and neuronal loss, and related it to the loss of hippocampal interneurons and reduced inhibition which may lead to increased susceptibility to the development of seizures in an aged population.  The second topic related to researching better treatments against pharmaco-resistant seizures using combinations of drugs aimed at reversing the effects of maladaptive receptor trafficking.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the research was performed under contract to the US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) to reduce the extensive neuropathology and long-term performance deficits of uncontrolled seizures as a result of exposure to toxic Chemical Warfare Nerve Agents (CWNAs).  However, the research also has direct relevance to other aged-related medical research areas that focus on neuronal loss and neurotoxicity due to natural and artificial causes.