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Extraordinary Insights

Focus area:

Global Health Security

Opportunities and Risks in the Life Sciences

The Center is mapping potential futures where biotechnology leads to innovations that change society, through interviews with the people who are leading the charge. Expert luminaries in a diversity of fields working in biotechnology and related fields are being asked to forecast how biotechnology will change the future—with implications for international and national security, national economies, healthcare access, agriculture, and public health. They will assess how different actions taken today or in the near future will change the risk landscape developing alongside the benefits of emergent biotechnology applications.

Ideas gleaned from these interviews will be mined, analyzed, and evaluated to (1) develop practical means to implement mitigation measures (such as changes to laboratory practices, techniques, organizations, systems) and (2) identify promising new research directions that may mitigate GCBR risks. Interviews and the resulting landscape analysis will be published in a book highlighting the great potential biotechnology offers while also analyzing practices and governance options that can be implemented today to protect us going forward.

Project team lead: Gigi Gronvall, PhD

Project team: Lane Warmbrod, MS, MPH; Amanda Kobokovich, MPH; Michael Montague, PhD

Project supported by: Open Philanthropy Project



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