National Biodefense Analysis & Countermeasures Center

Protecting the American public.

Mission: Provide scientific basis for characterization of biological threats and bioforensic analysis to protect the American public.

Areas of Research: Technical forensic analysis and interpretation of material recovered from biocrimes and biological attacks; culture and phenotypic characterization; polymerase chain reaction; antigen detection; nucleic acid sequencing; enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; scanning or transmission electron microscopy; toxins and pathogens in risk groups 2, 3, and 4.

What It Does: The National Biodefense Analysis & Countermeasures Center is focused on identifying perpetrators of biological events and guiding the nation’s investments in vaccines, drugs, detectors and other countermeasures. Its facility is part of the biodefense campus that includes the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. It operates under direction of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate. The Center works with campus partners in the U.S. Army, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Agriculture Department toward complementary biodefense-related research. The Center also collaborates with the National Cancer Institute as part of the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research.


Location: Frederick, Maryland

Owned By: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Directorate for Science and Technology

Managed By: Battelle National Biodefense Institute, LLC
(Battelle is the LLC member company)


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