BEI Resources was established by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to provide reagents, tools and information for studying Category A, B, and C priority pathogens, emerging infectious disease agents, non-pathogenic microbes and other microbiological materials of relevance to the research community.
BEI Resources acquires, authenticates and preserves and distributes reagents that scientists need to carry out basic research and develop improved diagnostic tests, vaccines, and therapies. By centralizing these functions within BEI Resources, access to and use of these materials in the scientific community is monitored and quality control of the reagents is assured.
BEI Resources has been managed under contract by American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) since 2003. A seven-year contract to continue managing BEI Resources was awarded to ATCC in June 2010. The BEI Resources program reflects a coordinated effort between NIAID, CDC, USDA, and ATCC. The BEI Resources program falls under NIAID’s Biological Research Resources Program and is funded through the Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Biological Resource Repository (MID-BRR) contract.
BEI Resources Materials
BEI Resources is focused on acquiring and authenticating several categories of materials for the members of the research community that register for BEI Resources access. These include pathogens newly recognized in the past two decades, re-emerging pathogens and NIAID Category A, B and C agents.
Examples of re-emerging pathogens
- Enterovirus 71
- Clostridium sp.
- Hepatitis C
- Mumps virus
- group A Staphylococcus aureus
Examples of NIAID Category A biothreat agents
Bacillus anthracis (anthrax)
Clostridium botulinum (botulism)
Yersinia pestis (plague)
Francisella tularensis (tularemia)
Viral hemorrhagic fevers
Benefits of Depositing
In addition to supplying the biodefense community with materials, BEI Resources also encourages and supports the deposit of materials from researchers and institutions. Depositing materials with BEI Resources has many advantages to the researcher and the biodefense community including secure storage, community access and distribution; all while protecting the intellectual property rights of the depositor.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Tim Stedman
Funding Agency: National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)