Partnership will help improve emergency preparedness in Michigan's capital

LANSING, Mich. — Improving local preparedness for emergencies is the goal of a new alliance between the American Red Cross Mid-Michigan Chapter and Lansing’s Emergent BioSolutions that was announced March 4, 2008.

The company has made a financial commitment to the Red Cross over the next five years and plans to train its employees in first aid and CPR.

“Recognizing the company’s commitment to the safety of our region, we asked Emergent to play a key role in our local preparedness effort,” said John Cauley, CEO of the American Red Cross Mid-Michigan Chapter. “Together we can make tremendous strides toward preparing the community for man-made emergencies and natural disasters.”

Emergent BioSolutions has pledged to sponsor local blood drives and to train its employees in first aid and CPR and in the use of automated external defibrillators. Emergent’s $125,000 donation to the Mid-Michigan Chapter will support local Red Cross services.

“Partnering with the Red Cross, which does so much to help our community prepare and respond to disasters, is a natural alliance,” said Robert Kramer, president and CEO of Emergent BioSolutions’ BioDefense Operations in Lansing. “It is another example of the important collaborations taking place to help assure local first responders and resources are used effectively to protect residents.”

Emergent BioSolutions Inc., formed in 2004, is dedicated to the research, development and manufacture of products that harness the immune system to treat and prevent disease. These include vaccines and related products for prophylactic and therapeutic use against common infectious diseases and biological weapons of mass destruction.