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Weekly Roundup April 4 – April 8 2016: Leidos Adds Zika Vaccine Program to Burgeoning Health Biz & more

April 4 – April 8 2016

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The global effort to combat the spread of mosquito-borne Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere now will include the company soon to become the largest U.S. government services contractor.

Reston, Virginia-based Leidos will work with Canadian health science company ImmunoVaccine on a vaccine to prevent Zika in humans and seek to advance a prototype into preclinical tests.

Under this partnership, Leidos will contribute resources from the company’s in-house virtual drug development program that includes a team focused on efforts to identify potential antigens for ImmunoVaccine to use in tests.

“Our virtual pharma approach ensures that we are not beholden to a particular technology or laboratory, ” Leidos Deputy Health Group President Jerry Hogge said.

Leidos singled out the government and commercial healthcare markets as a key focus for the contractor when it announced in January the mega-merger with Lockheed Martin’s IT and services segment to double in projected annual revenue from $5 billion to $10 billion.

Of that $10 billion, Leidos expects to generate nearly one-third of that in its health and engineering sector with 40 percent in government and 60 percent in commercial.

Leidos’ lead role on the “Dim Sum” military electronic health record contract figures as a core component of that strategy alongside other technology-related and services work Leidos provides to federal civilian agencies and hospital networks.

“DHMSM gives us a new kind of a slugger in the market on the commercial side… and it gives us a different level of credibility with the commercial customers, ” Leidos CEO and three-time Wash100 inductee Roger Krone told investors in February.

THE WEEK’S OTHER TOP GOVCON STORIES

Booz Allen Vet Mark Gerencser Joins Alion Science’s Board
Veritas Capital closed its acquisition of the McLean, Va.-based national security and technology engineering services contractor in mid-2015.
Arlington Capital Partners Relaunches iRobot Defense Segment as ‘Endeavor Robotics’
Endeavor Robotics will offer its ground-based autonomous technology to defense, public safety and industrial organizations.
DHS Posts RFP for $395M Cybersecurity Support Services Contract
Bidders will compete for a potential seven-year contract to help DHS’ Security Operations Center monitor potential cyber threats.
Serco Inc. to Resume Work on Navy C4I Support Contract; Dan Allen Comments
Serco Group’s North American subsidiary will help sustain C4I systems used by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.
Kevin McAleenan: DHS to Seek Silicon Valley Tech Partners for Trade, Travel Security Programs
Startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses have been invited to an April 29 forum for discussions on potential partnership opportunities.
Northrop Taps Moog to Build Flight Control System for DARPA/ONR UAS Program
Moog will support Northrop’s construction of a full-scale demonstration TERN platform intended for long-range ISR and strike missions.
FBI Starts Search for IT, Audio-Visual Services at Future HQ Campus
A selected contractor would be responsible for areas such as network architecture and data centers for a site scheduled to open in 2017.
Melissa Drisko to Serve as DIA Deputy Director From August
Drisko’s 35-year intelligence community career includes stops at the CIA, Office of Naval Intelligence and the State Department.
Denise Turner Roth: New GSA Initiative Aims to Ease Access to Gov’t Biz Opportunities
GSA’s “Making it Easier” effort seeks to offer industry participants resources that explain contracting vehicles and processes.
Military Health System Unveils ‘Genesis’ Name for Future EHR
MHS has scheduled the start of Genesis implementation for the end of this year with further installations at DoD facilities over several years.
Marine Corps Activates Cyberspace Warfare Group
Officers in the group will work with the branch’s cyber mission teams on defensive and offensive operations.

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