Back in October I was forwarded an advanced copy of the SAIC-Frederick Newsletter, which I never got around to blogging. They are trying to communicate more with the community and if I can help here, I will do my part. If you’d like to do your part, you should consider joining the Fort Detrick Alliance. The annual Gala is coming up Tuesday, December 8th at 5:30 PM at Musket Ridge. It appears the event is booked full, but I have a Tee Time at noon that day (in the event the weather cooperates, meaning it’s above 40 deg F). Let me know if you’d like to join me.
Anyways, I missed out on a couple good stories from Ft Detrick and SAIC-Frederick, like the ground breaking for the first 330,000 square foot facility at NCI-Riverside Park on November 12th. About 370 employees will move from the NCI-Frederick campus to Riverside when the building opens in early 2011. An additional 200 are expected to be hired through 2016.
And did you know that the “Stimulus” is sticking SAIC-Frederick right in the arm? According to the Newsletter (page 2), the ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) funding will increase SAIC-Frederick’s contract with NCI will boost the budget from $300 million in 2006 to almost $750 million in 2010? Amazing.
Speaking of boosts, there is also a great report on work done BDP (page 7). In “A PhaseIII Randomized Trial of the Chimeric Anti-GD2 Antibodych14.18 with GM-CSF and IL2 as Immunotherapy FollowingDose-intensive Chemotherapy for High-Risk Neuroblastoma: Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Study ANBL0032.” J ClinOncol 27:15s, 2009. The Biopharmaceutical Development Program (BDP) at NCI-Frederick is manufacturing ch14.18, a monoclonal antibody being used in clinical trials for children with neuroblastoma. I knew a 12 year old kid from my karate school who died from this last year. An awful condition which is a target of many NCI programs. Appropriately, it’s situated right behind the Toys-R-Us warehouse off 85 South. You should check out the extensive list of other Projects they’re working on. Most of them are collaborations with other research centers, but they were born in little old FredCoBio.