The Biological Event Horizon: No Return or Total Resilience

Thursday September 24, 2020
Virtual Meeting

The ongoing novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is revealing major gaps in national readiness to prepare for, respond to, and recover from biological threats. Decision makers must consider enhancements to policies and programs to better defend against the next biological threat as the Nation continues to respond to the crisis. COVID-19 will not be the last biological threat we face and it likely will not be the worst as the risk of natural and human-generated threats continues to increase with time. Innovative science and technology solutions exist or are in development that could change the game for biodefense. At this meeting, the Commission intends to address these emerging biological threats and innovative science and technology solutions to address them.

Please join us on September 24, 2020, when we will premiere The Biological Event Horizon: No Return or Total Resilience, a virtual meeting of the Commission to better understand emerging biological threats and novel science and technology solutions for biodefense. The meeting recording will premiere live on this page at 9 am ET.

Confirmed speakers are:

Representative Susan Brooks (R-IN) – Member, Subcommittee on Health, Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives

Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO) – Chair, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation, Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives

Jaime Yassif, PhD – Senior Fellow, Global Biological Policy and Programs, Nuclear Threat Initiative

Sohini Ramachandran, PhD – Associate Professor of Biology, Director of Graduate Studies for the Center for Computational Molecular Biology, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Brown University

Nita Madhav, MSPH – Chief Executive Officer, President, and Board Member, Metabiota

Kavita M. Berger, PhD – Director, Board on Life Sciences, National Academies of Sciences

Luciana Borio, MD – Vice President, Technical Staff, In-Q-Tel