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Charting the Future of Biosecurity:
Ten Years after the Anthrax Attacks


Overview

Charting the Future of Biosecurity: Ten Years after the Anthrax Attacks was held in Washington, DC, on October 4, 2011. With support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which co-hosted the event, this invitational conference brought together thought leaders from the federal government, the policy community, think tanks, academia, and media outlets. The goal was to provide a forum for reflection on progress made since 2001 and consideration of priorities for the biosecurity policy agenda in the years ahead.

The importance of preparing for the future of biosecurity given the looming threats of bioterrorism, pandemic flu, and other emerging infectious diseases was emphasized by Tom Inglesby in his opening remarks. Dr. Inglesby acknowledged the difficulty of the mission, noted reasons for optimism—the breadth and depth of knowledge, experience, and dedication among those now working in the field; the strength of American science and technology; and robust government work on biodefense—and highlighted some significant gaps. Expanding on those themes were presentations and panel discussions from an array of distinguished speakers. The day closed with an award for Dr. Paula Olsiewsi, director of the Allfred P. Sloan Foundation's biosecurity program, for her achievement in the field. 

As a corollary to the event, the Center released its report, A Crossroads in Biosecurity: Steps to Strengthen U.S. Preparedness, a compendium of articles by Center staff, who describe progress made in the decade following the 2001 anthrax attacks and make recommendations for the decade ahead.




Agenda

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Welcome and Opening Remarks
Paula J. Olsiewski, Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation


The Outlook for Biosecurity: Reasons for Optimism
Thomas V. Inglesby, CEO, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC


The Impact of the Anthrax Letter Attacks: How a Bio-attack Reverberated Through the Country
Jeanne Meserve, Senior Fellow, GWU Homeland Security Policy Institute


Panel Discussion: Present and Future Biothreats

  • Randall Larsen, CEO, WMD Center, Moderator
  • D.A. Henderson, Distinguished Scholar, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Richard J. Danzig, Chairman of the Board, Center for a New American Security


Panel Discussion: Looking Ahead in US Health Security

  • Richard Besser, Chief Health and Medical Editor, ABC News, Moderator
  • Thomas R. Frieden, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Andrew C. Weber, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs, Department of Defense
  • Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services


Video Interview with Senator Tom Daschle, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress


Strengthening Biosecurity Capabilities
Heidi E. Avery, Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security, National Security Council, The White House:
At the request of the speaker, Ms. Avery's talk was off the record.


Panel Discussion: Transformative Science in Biosecurity

  • Thomas V. Inglesby, CEO, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, Moderator
  • Tara O'Toole, Under Secretary for Science & Technology, Department of Homeland Security
  • Margaret A. Hamburg, Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration
  • J. Craig Venter, Founder, Chairman, and President, J. Craig Venter Institute
  • George Poste, Chief Scientist, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative


Talking Biosecurity with the Public
Senator Jim Talent, Vice Chairman, The WMD Center


The Next 5 Years of the Biological Weapons Convention
Thomas M. Countryman, Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation, Department of State


Award for Biosecurity Achievement
Paula J. Olsiewski, Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation




Speakers
 

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Heidi E. Avery
Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security, National Security Council, The White House
 
Richard Besser
Richard Besser, MD
Chief Health and Medical Editor, ABC News
 
Anita Cicero
Anita Cicero, JD
COO and Deputy Director, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
 
Thomas M. Countryman
Thomas M. Countryman
Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation, Department of State
 
Richard Danzig
Richard Danzig, JD, DrPh
Chairman of the Board, Center for a New American Security
 
Senator Tom Daschle
Senator Tom Daschle
Distinguished Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
 
Thomas R. Frieden
Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
 
Gigi Gronvall
Gigi Gronvall, PhD
Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
 
Margaret Hamburg
Margaret Hamburg, MD
Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration
 
D. A. Henderson
D. A. Henderson, MD, MPH
Distinguished Scholar, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
 
Tom Inglesby
Thomas Inglesby, MD
Chief Executive Officer and Director, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
 
Col. Randall Larsen
Col. Randall Larsen, USAF (Ret.)
CEO, WMD Center
 
Nicole Lurie
Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
 
Jeanne Meserve
Jeanne Meserve
Senior Fellow, George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute
 
Paula J. Olsiewski
Paula J. Olsiewski, PhD
Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
 
Tara O'Toole
Tara O'Toole, MD, MPH
Under Secretary for Science & Technology, Department of Homeland Security
 
George Poste
George Poste, PhD
Chief Scientist, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative
 
Senator Jim Talent
Senator Jim Talent
Vice Chairman, The WMD Center
 
J. Craig Venter
J. Craig Venter, PhD
Founder, Chairman, and President, J. Craig Venter Institute
 
Andrew C. Weber
Andrew C. Weber, MS
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs, Department of Defense
 



Attendees

  • Amesh Adalja, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Jennifer Bryning Alton, Bavarian Nordic
  • Phyllis Arthur, Biotechnology Industry Organization
  • Heidi Avery, The White House
  • John M. Barry
  • Tali Bar-Shalom, Office of Management and Budget
  • Kris Beardsley
  • Paul Benda, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • David Benedek, Uniformed Services University School of Medicine
  • Kavita Berger, American Assoc for the Advancement of Science
  • Diane Berry, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Richard Besser, ABC
  • David Blazes, GEIS
  • James Blumenstock, Assoc. of State & Territorial Health Officials
  • Nidhi Bouri, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Roger Breeze, Centaur Science Group
  • Ken Brill, The Fund for Peace
  • Kelly Cappio, Biotechnology Industry Organization
  • Ellen Carlin, House Committee on Homeland Security
  • Seth Carus, National Defense University
  • Anita Cicero, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Francesca Cook, PharmAthene
  • Bernard Courtney, The Tauri Group
  • Richard Danzig, Center for a New American Security
  • Brent Davidson, International Security & Biopolicy Institute
  • Chris Decker, ODNI/National Intelligence Council
  • Raphael Della Ratta, Partnership for a Global Security
  • Molly D'Esopo, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Diane DiEuliis, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
  • David Dishneau, AP
  • Charles Divan, USDA Ag. Select Agent Program
  • Dee Ann Divis, Washington Examiner
  • Joe Donovan, Beacon Capital
  • Peter Emanuel, US Army ECBC
  • Joanna Engstrom-Brown, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Gerald Epstein, American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science
  • Aaron Firoved, Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee
  • Julie Fischer, Stimson Global Health Security Program
  • Joe Fitzgerald, Saliant
  • Carolyn Floyd, National Security Staff
  • Jackie Fox, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Crystal Franco, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • David Franz, MRI Global
  • Christopher Frech, Emergent BioSolutions
  • Thomas Frieden, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Andrew Garrett, National Disaster Medical System
  • Edward George, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Ralph Gomory, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Frank Gottron, Congressional Research Service
  • Ian Grant, OSD
  • Michael Gresalfi, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security/FEMA
  • Jennie Gromoll, U.S. Dept. of State
  • Gigi Gronvall, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Robert Guidos, Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • James Guyton, PwC's PRTM Management Consultants
  • Mimi Hall, Nuclear Threat Initiative
  • Margaret Hamburg, FDA
  • Dan Hanfling, Inova Health System
  • Mary Beth Hansen, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Richard Hatchett, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services/BARDA
  • Emma Hayes, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
  • D. A. Henderson, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Matthew Hepburn, National Security Staff
  • Jack Herrmann, NACCHO
  • Robert Hooks, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security/OHA
  • Nicholas Horrock
  • Jo Husbands, The National Academies
  • Tom Inglesby, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Jamie Jamison, FBI
  • Maria Jasen, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Lynn Jennings, Big City Emergency Managers, Inc.
  • Amanda Jezek, Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • Franca Jones, Executive Office of the President/OSTP
  • Paul Joskow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Bob Kadlec, PRTM
  • Jocelyn Kaiser, Science Magazine
  • Brian Kamoie, White House National Security Staff
  • Rebecca Katz, GWU
  • Larry Kerr, ODNI
  • Lynne Kidder, The WMD Center
  • George Korch, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services/ASPR
  • Akhila Kosaraju, SIGA Technologies
  • Laura Kwinn, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
  • Randy Larsen, WMD Center
  • Theresa Lawrence, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
  • Betty Lee, U.S. Dept. of Commerce
  • Edward Levine, Senate Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Rachel Levinson, Arizona State University
  • Davia Lilly, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Carol Linden, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
  • Daniel Luckshire, SIGA
  • Nicole Lurie, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
  • Carmen Maher, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Martin Matishak, Global Security Newswire
  • Jeanne Meserve, GW University Homeland Security Policy Institute
  • Josh Michaud, Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Michael Moodie, Congressional Research Service
  • Ryan Morhard, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Christina Murata, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Ann Norwood, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Richard Northrop, BioPrepWatch
  • Jennifer Nuzzo, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Paula Olsiewski, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Tara O'Toole, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Karen Parrish
  • Dana Perkins, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services/ASPR
  • Sally Phillips, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Elizabeth Posillico, Elusys Therapeutics
  • George Poste, CASI at ASU
  • Kunal Rambhia, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Jean Richards, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
  • Fred Roberts, Rutgers University
  • Robin Robinson, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services/BARDA
  • Philip Russell, Sabin Vaccine Institute
  • Elizabeth Sadove, Food and Drug Administration
  • Monica Schoch-Spana, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Elizabeth Scott Sangine, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Yuliya Seldina, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Tara Kirk Sell, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Sushil Sharma, United States Government Accountability Office
  • Dana Shea, Congressional Research Service
  • Mahvash Siddiqui, U.S. State Department
  • Brad Smith, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security/S&T
  • Daniel Sosin, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
  • Jim Talent, Heritage Foundation
  • Ellen Tauscher, U.S. State Department
  • Eric Toner, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Price Tyson, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Steve Usdin, BioCentury
  • Jo Velardo, Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute
  • Craig Venter, J. Craig Venter Institute
  • Meredith Wadman, Nature
  • Richard Waldhorn, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Cameron Ward, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Matthew Watson, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Andrew Weber, U.S. Dept. of Defense
  • Mark Weitekamp, ANSER
  • Julie Wise, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
  • Yolanda Wolf, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Sam Wollner, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Marcienne Wright, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services