For the next five years, Reston, Virginia’s ASRC Federal Data Solutions will be tuning into the intersection between health and the environment.
The NoVa government tech company was just awarded a $90 million, five-year contract with the Division of Translational Toxicology at the National Institutes of Health’s Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Through the deal, the company will be studying the impact of the environment on public health — especially with the changing climate.
Sanjay Sardar, ASRC Federal’s president of the civilian and health operating group, said that the team will be developing automated data management tools for rapid collection, curation and reporting. By adding these tech tools to the data collection process, the division can share predictive and timely data with scientists, government agencies and the public that is easy to understand.
“ASRC Federal is thrilled to continue the current IT and scientific research work we are performing for the NIEHS and [National Cancer Institute] to support emerging toxicology research and cancer clinical research based on our performance and strong customer relationships,” Sardar told Technical.ly. “Public health is a primary focus area for our civilian operating group and these wins position us for additional growth.”
ASRC Federal primarily works in professional and IT modernization systems integration, which includes software development, cybersecurity, data management, network engineering, and more. It supports federal agencies in healthcare work for the Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services and the Veterans Administration.
With this deal, Sardar said that the company will be hiring for a number of positions in curation as well as development and infrastructure.
This is only the latest contract win for ASRC. The company is also offering data management and abstraction through a National Cancer Institute Clinical Data Management contract to test cancer prevention and treatment options. It’s also working with the same institute on a support contract for monitoring and audits of clinical studies.
Sardar said that this year, NIEHS has developed research on environmental toxins in various everyday objects — including cell phones, toys and cookware — that might aid in this new effort.
“We believe that the missions of NIEHS and the National Cancer Institute are extremely important to public health and that the research these programs conduct could ultimately improve the quality of life for millions of Americans,” Sardar said.
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