D60 Plenary Session - BioNext

D60 Plenary Session

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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. 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. Justin Sanchez – DARPA, BTO


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