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MRIGlobal Forms Operating Unit for Global Health and Security

Focus is on Medical Countermeasures, Drug Development and Repository Management, Biosurveillance, Diagnostics, and Food Safety

(Kansas City, MO) March 12, 2011 – MRIGlobal today announced the formation of a new operating unit, Global Health and Security, which aligns key assets, resources, and capabilities to provide customer solutions in critical, growing research areas.

Global Health and Security leverages MRIGlobal expertise, experience, and technology in the many diverse areas of life sciences, including chemistry, microbiology, virology, toxicology, molecular biology, immunology, and bioinformatics.

Global Health and Security is designed to address customer needs in:

  • Medical Countermeasures
  • Product Development and Repository Management
  • Biosurveillance
  • Diagnostics
  • Food Safety

“We have decades of expertise in these areas,” said Michael F. Helmstetter, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer. “This realignment sharpens our focus on key customer needs and signals our commitment to apply integrated multidisciplinary research to global health and security issues.”

MRIGlobal operates specialized laboratories and Centers of Excellence in Influenza Virus Research; PCR Test, Evaluation and Validation; and Clinical Molecular Diagnostics. MRIGlobal’s facilities operate under Good Laboratory Practice and Good Manufacturing Practice guidelines, and are certified under Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments.

Clients are government agencies; state and municipal health agencies; and the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and veterinary medicine industries.

About MRIGlobal
MRIGlobal, a not-for-profit research and development organization, delivers global solutions in national security and defense, energy and environment, life and animal sciences, agriculture and food safety, and transportation. The organization performs scientific research, advanced engineering and program integration and management for clients in government, industry and academia. Established in 1944 as Midwest Research Institute, MRIGlobal is based in Kansas City, Mo., operates in nine states and Washington, D.C., and manages more than 3,300 employees.

MRIGlobal is one of two partners in the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, which manages and operates the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., for the U.S. Department of Energy.

For more information, visit www.mriglobal.org.