* Invitrogen, a Carlsbad, Calif., biotechnology company, announced the formation of Biological Defense Systems (BDS), a biodefense subsidiary focused on biosecurity applications. BDS will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary and will be headquartered at Invitrogen's Frederick campus. BDS will add detection systems for food- and water-borne pathogens to Invitrogen's current product lines, which include detection kits for airborne pathogens such as anthrax and smallpox.

* Lockheed Martin of Bethesda is one of five suppliers selected to share in task orders valued at $498 million under the Air Force's Enterprise Information Technology Acquisition (EITA) program. The contract was awarded by the Materiel Systems Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The five-year EITA program will provide information technology products and services that will help speed transformation initiatives for combat support operations.

* SteelCloud, a Dulles network security company, won a $12 million subcontract award from Lockheed Martin to supply specialized server appliances to the defense contractor for the U.S. Postal Service's Advanced Facer Canceller System-Remote Computer Reader (AFCS-RCR) program. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor on the program, which is intended to improve the sorting of letters.

Compiled from reports by Washington Post staff writers.