SAIC recently helped a Department of Homeland Security office gain approval for a vaccine to counter foot-and-mouth disease in cattle, the company announced Monday.
The Agriculture Department’s center for veterinary biologics issued a conditional license for the vaccine, which the company says is the first licensed vaccine against the disease that can be manufactured in the continental U.S.
Additionally, the company has signed a research, development, testing and evaluation agreement with a global animal health biologics industry partner to further develop the vaccine.
Since 2003, the company has provided strategic, regulatory and technical services to DHS’ Plum Island animal disease center, where the vaccine was developed.
USDA was required to migrate the center to DHS under the 2002 Homeland Security Act and the company supported that transition.
SAIC also created a national strategic document, aimed at laying a groundwork for interagency research and a development operational model.