FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Steve Aaron, SRA Communications, (717) 554-8614, steve@SRACommunications.com
MEETING OF BLUE RIBBON STUDY PANEL ON BIODEFENSE TO ADDRESS NATIONAL BIODEFENSE STRATEGY: IMPLEMENTATION AND IMPLICATIONS
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov 1, 2017) – The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense will host a public meeting examining the National Biodefense Strategy: Implementation and Implications. Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI) will provide congressional perspective and Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, U.S. Navy (Retired) and Andrea Hall will provide White House perspective. The meeting is set to begin at 10:30am Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Hudson Institute, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C.
This meeting of the Study Panel, chaired by former Senator Joe Lieberman and former Governor and Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, will address implementation of the National Biodefense Strategy and its implications for the Office of Management and Budget, congressional authorization and appropriation, leadership, coordination, collaboration and innovation. The agenda includes:
10:30 – 11:15am
Public meeting begins with current White House perspective on biodefense provided by Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer and Andrea Hall
11:15 – 11:45am
Congressional perspective on biodefense provided by U.S. Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI)
12:00 – 12:45pm
Lunch Keynote by Dr. Tevi Troy
12:45 – 1:45pm
Panel: Implementation of the National Biodefense Strategy featuring Dr. Rajeev Venkayya, Dr. Curt Mann and Dr. Jeff Runge
Your coverage is welcome. Media should RSVP to Steve Aaron at steve@SRACommunications.com.
The meeting will be webcast, going live at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov 2.
About the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense
The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense was established in 2014 to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the state of U.S. biodefense efforts, and to issue recommendations to foster change. The Panel’s 2015 report, A National Blueprint for Biodefense: Leadership and Major Reform Needed to Optimize Efforts, identified capability gaps and recommended changes to U.S. policy and law to strengthen national biodefense while optimizing resource investments. The Panel continues to assess biodefense challenges and to urge reform. Former Senator Joe Lieberman and former Governor Tom Ridge co-chair the Panel, and are joined by former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, former Representative Jim Greenwood, and the Honorable Ken Wainstein. Hudson Institute is the Panel’s fiscal sponsor.