XM Satellite Radio Holdings said it added more than 617,000 net subscribers in the third quarter, up 48 percent from the previous year's third-quarter gain.

The District-based satellite radio service expects to top 6 million subscribers by the end of the year, chief executive Hugh Panero said.

The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Cangene, a Canadian biotech company, a $400,000 contract to provide samples of its proposed treatment for inhalation anthrax for testing before possible purchase for the national stockpile.

The contract to Cangene is in addition to one awarded to Human Genome Sciences of Rockville, which received $1.8 million for samples of its proposed drug, ABthrax. The contracts include an option to purchase up to 100,000 doses under Project BioShield.

Shares of Cangene closed yesterday at $8.15, up 5 cents. Human Genome Sciences shares closed up 47 cents, at $14.06.

Carlyle Group, manager of the biggest U.S. buyout fund, hired Daniel A. Pryor as a managing director to join its 28-person industrial unit.

Pryor left District-based Danaher, a maker of industrial and medical products, for Carlyle, also based in the District.

At Danaher, Pryor was a vice president responsible for identifying, screening and initiating acquisitions.

BAE Systems awarded a $22 million contract to DRS Technologies to make a new diagnostics system for the Army's Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Rockville-based BAE designs and manufactures military weapons, electronics and transport.

Under the deal, DRS will deliver more than 400 of its Chassis Modernization and Embedded Diagnostics kits for Bradleys made by BAE. DRS will outfit the Bradleys with infrared night vision technology.

Emerging Technologies Group, a computer forensics and network security firm, has moved its headquarters to Herndon from Huntsville, Ala. It has 35 employees and expects to add 15 by year-end.

Compiled from staff and news service reports.