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Southern Research Wins Black & Veatch Sub-Contract for Threat Reduction Program in Armenia

October 10, 2011

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Southern Research Institute today announced that it has been awarded a sub-contract from Black & Veatch to help support the U.S. Department of Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) in Armenia. Southern Research will assist Black & Veatch in designing a sustainable program that strengthens the Republic of Armenia’s human and veterinary biological threat reduction capabilities and public health system.

The award is expected to generate up to $580,000 for Southern Research over the next year.

“We are honored that Black & Veatch has again selected our Southern Research team to provide support for such an important global program,” said John A. “Jack” Secrist III, Ph.D., president and CEO of Southern Research. “Working with Black & Veatch allows Southern Research to use our unique knowledge and expertise in helping to provide global safety and advancing critical research.”

“Southern Research will provide a wide range of scientific consulting in the design of operational strategies to enhance disease surveillance and response,” said Mary Guttieri, Ph.D., Program Manager for Southern Research. “Additionally, Southern Research will facilitate collaborative research between U.S.-Armenian interdisciplinary teams and will administer biosafety training.”

As a member of a dedicated and integrated management team, Southern Research also continues to work with Black & Veatch on enhancement of disease detection and reporting in the Ukraine, where achievements include construction of a high-containment laboratory and development of a biosafety level-3 training program. This experience will contribute to the success of program objectives in Armenia.

About DTRA

DTRA safeguards the United States and its allies from weapons of mass destruction (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high explosives) by providing capabilities to reduce, eliminate and counter the threat and mitigate its effects. This combat support agency serves as the intellectual, technical, and operational leader for the Department of Defense in the national effort to combat weapons of mass destruction.

About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch ( is a global leader in the consulting, engineering, construction and operation of what the world needs now and in the future in the crucial areas of energy, water and telecommunications and in providing up-to-the-minute services in the fast changing federal and environmental markets. Founded in 1915, the employee-owned, $2.3 billion company operates out of over 110 offices worldwide and has completed projects in more than 100 countries.

About Southern Research

Southern Research Institute, founded in 1941, is an independent non-profit organization conducting basic and applied research and development. The scientific and technical staffs support commercial and government clients and partners in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, defense, aerospace, environmental and energy sectors through technology out-licensing, sponsored research, and strategic collaborations. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., Southern Research has facilities in Wilsonville, Ala., Frederick, Md., and Durham, NC and offices in Huntsville, Ala., New Orleans, La., and Washington, DC. For more information about our capabilities, contact us by email at or call 1-888-322-1166 (U.S.) or 1-205-581-2830 (International.)


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