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MORRISVILLE, N.C. – , an international risk management consulting firm based in Louisiana that is moving its headquarters to Durham, has won a contract worth up to $485 million with the U.S. Army.

The contract covers five years.

IEM will work with the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center in Maryland, providing research and development for a program developing defensive systems. These systems are intended to combat chemical, biological and radiological devices.

The company has worked with the Edgewood center for more than a decade.

“The IEM team stands ready to provide the highest level of scientific expertise and credentials to support ECBC as the nation’s principal research and development center for non-medical chemical and biological defense,” said IEM Chief Executive Officer Madhu Beriwal.

IEM plans to create 430 jobs in RTP.

IEM could receive as much as $9 million in rebates from income taxes withheld from its employees as part of a Job Development Investment Grant from the state.

North Carolina also awarded IEM a $150,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.

IEM is privately held, having launched in 1985. It is currently based in Baton Rouge, La.