* Anteon International of Fairfax won a nine-year contract worth up to $74 million from Chenega Technology Services Corp. to support the Department of Homeland Security's Bureau of Customs and Border Protection. Anteon will train customs and border personnel on the daily operation of non-intrusive surveillance equipment at U.S. ports of entry. Employees involved in the project will be located in a new Anteon field office in Tucson.
* Convera of Vienna won a multimillion-dollar contract to provide the FBI with an agency-wide search and discovery platform. The contract amount was not revealed. Convera said its RetrievalWare will allow FBI analysts to search quickly through the agency's massive counterterrorism and Automated Case System databases, extracting intelligence data to help them respond to homeland security threats.
* Celsion of Columbia, a developer of heat-activated cancer treatments, said it received approval to begin human trials for its temperature-sensitive ThermoDox drug as a treatment for liver cancer. The drug is used in conjunction with radio-frequency currents sent through the tip of a needle to heat and destroy cancerous tissue. The company's stock closed yesterday at 67 cents, up 4 cents a share, or 6.4 percent.
* SkyBitz, a satellite-based asset monitoring and information management service in Dulles, named Richard L. Burtner chief executive. Burtner joined the company as chief financial officer last year and has been interim chief executive since April. Before joining SkyBitz, Burtner owned and operated Entrepreneurial Business Solutions LLC, a professional services consulting firm. SkyBitz has developed a Global Locating System that uses satellites to track assets such as a fleet of trucks. It calls its system superior to the better-established Global Positioning System (GPS).
Compiled from reports by Washington Post staff writers and the Associated Press.