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


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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