Early Briefing: Emergent Buying Anthrax Vaccine

It's Monday, which means the Business section is all local.

A worker at Vaxgen (Photos By Thor Swift For The Washington Post)

*Emergent BioSolutions of Rockville is spending $2 million on an anthrax vaccine that federal health officials dropped in 2006.

It is buying the vaccine from VaxGen of South San Francisco, which lost an $877.5 million contract for a next-generation anthrax vaccine and has accumulated $254 million in debt. The acquisition is risky, and there is no guarantee that Emergent won't struggle with the same problems as VaxGen.

*NeuStar of Sterling is the digital directory for all phone calls in North America. More than 800 telephone companies have numbers in the database. NeuStar assigns blocks of available telephone numbers to carriers. And about one out of every four Internet transactions is routed using a NeuStar database, as NeuStar handles traffic for domains that include .biz , .us, .org and .info.

It's also part of an evolving telecom industry that is creating caches of information attractive to the government without clear guidelines governing who may have access and under what circumstances.

Jan Dvorak (By Lois Raimondo/Post)

*Jan Dvorak started Travisa Visa Services in 1981 to help leisure, corporate and other clients obtain the documents necessary for trips overseas.
Now, to take on the Indian Embassy as a client, Dvorak has started Travisa Outsourcing to handle visa processing.
It is the first time an embassy in the United States has outsourced its entire visa operations to a private company, according to the National Association of Passport and Visa Services, a Silver Spring-based group that represents the interests of the industry.

*Stephen Barr's Federal Diary says that a Gallup survey shows that roughly a third of young Americans would give a "great deal of consideration" to entering government service if asked by their parents, a teacher or -- surprisingly -- the next president of the United States.

But, for the most part, no one is asking.

*Want organic food, supplements and treats? Have fur?
Mighty Healthy Pet is the latest health-food store launched by Prince George's County resident Scott Nash. He started My Organic Market (for people) 21 years ago. When a space opened up in the College Park center where one of his five stores MOMs is, he decided to test the market for a wider selection of organic pet food and supplies.

*N.E.W. Customer Service of Dulles has launched a program with Sam's Club to encourage people to recycle their old electronics. And maybe even get paid for it.

By Terri Rupar  |  May 5, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  | Category:  Morning Brief
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