This session highlights the role of DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office in defending the homeland. BTO Director Dr. Justin Sanchez will present a new biosecurity framework to address the nation’s need for novel capabilities to counter bioterrorism, to deploy innovative biological countermeasures for warfighter protection, and to accelerate force readiness. In addition, Dr. Sanchez will provide examples of BTO efforts within the framework including restoration of nervous system function and achieving cognitive overmatch. Former Secretary of the Navy Dr. Richard Danzig will draw some lessons from history to inform potential solutions for future biological security concerns. Providing a law enforcement perspective, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Ed You will describe the current bio-threat landscape. Founding Director of the Broad Institute Dr. Eric Lander will discuss biological solutions to national security challenges. Frontline Ebola physician Dr. Nahid Bhadelia will present her first-hand experience responding to the recent major outbreak in West Africa. Navy Seal Neil Hermansen will provide insights into the challenges facing the nation’s special operation forces.
Moderator & Keynote
Dr. Nahid Bhadelia – National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories, Boston University School of Medicine Dr. Richard Danzig – Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory CWO Neil Hermansen, USN – DARPA, DIRO Mr. Edward You – Federal Bureau of Investigation