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Lockheed Martin (Bethesda, Maryland) reported that it received a 5-year, single-award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract worth up to $56.7 million to support Federal Occupational Health (FOH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The company will provide medical and administrative staffing to perform clinical services for the federal workforce in FOH's Region A, which encompasses more than 85 federal facilities in 21 states.

Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will perform clinical services that include emergency response, physical exams, immunizations, vision and health screenings, and health risk appraisals. Lockheed Martin will staff nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, health educators, medical assistants and medical administrators.

Lockheed Martin currently provides occupational health staffing services at 97 sites in FOH's Mid-Atlantic Region, which includes Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

"We are proud to broaden our partnership with FOH," said Douglas Ash, VP of Lockheed Martin Health Services and Solutions, "and we are equally committed to our customer's mission of improving the health, safety and productivity of the federal workforce."

Occupational healthcare services are one component of Lockheed Martin's broad health solutions. The company employs clinical, scientific and technical professionals with expertise in health IT, research, bioinformatics and medical services.

In other contracts/agreements:

• Amerinet (St. Louis) reported forming a strategic partnership with the Michigan Ambulatory Surgery Association (MASA; Traverse City), an advocacy group for ambulatory surgery centers in Michigan.

As a result of this agreement, MASA and its 40-plus member facilities will be able to utilize Amerinet's comprehensive portfolio of product and service contracts with industry-leading suppliers. The new agreement will allow MASA members to realize additional savings as a result of the association's enhanced buying power.

"We believe our relationship with Amerinet will result in the delivery of high quality healthcare in a more efficient, cost-effective manner," said Jim Stilley, MASA's CEO. "Our member ambulatory surgery centers also will benefit from the continuing education resources available from Amerinet."

As a national group purchasing organization, Amerinet strategically partners with healthcare providers to reduce costs and improve quality. It serves acute and non-acute healthcare providers nationwide.

• Microchip Biotechnologies (MBI; Dublin, California) has been awarded a $625,000 contract under the inaugural U.S. Army Commercialization Pilot Program for the development of a Universal Sample Preparation Module (USPM). The Commercialization Pilot Program is a new program to assist SBIR firms that have Phase II projects that meet high priority Army requirements in transitioning to commercial products.

MBI's project will develop a Universal Sample Preparation Module that will automatically purify DNA from pathogen targets contained in complex matrices to provide samples for various downstream DoD-sponsored analytical platforms.

The USPM will enable front-end sample preparation with high specificity for rapid detection, identification, and diagnosis of biological threat agents and will be applicable to detecting pathogens for molecular diagnostics. Using MBI's Microscale On-chip Valves technology, the USPM will integrate multiple sample processing steps in a small, universal sample preparation module that integrates immunomagnetic separation capture with lysis and nucleic acid purification.