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The US Bioeconomy: Strategies to Maximize and Integrate Biotechnology in the Economy

A Special Feature in Health Security

Topic Editors: Lane Warmbrod, MS, MPH, Marc Trotochaud, MSPH, and Gigi Kwik Gronvall, PhD
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Baltimore, Maryland

Biotechnology has undergone profound advances in the past decade, ushering in new opportunities and applications in drug manufacturing, chemical production, agriculture, and a myriad of novel products. The application of biotechnology to areas with economic value and the use of biological material and data create the bioeconomy, or that portion of the economy that relies on biological materials or data. Many nations are working to boost their bioeconomies, seeing them as a sector with a large, sustainable growth potential. Strategies for developing and supporting national bioeconomies encompass diverse fields, including energy, agriculture, medicine, manufacturing, industrial chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and defense. As this sector grows, more research into effective policy measures and protection strategies will be necessary.

A special feature in Health Security will be devoted to analysis of methods, programs, policies, and systems, as well as ongoing and future research and policy efforts, that focus on maximizing the potential of the bioeconomy, expediting its growth, and further integrating biotechnology into new fields. The journal seeks scholarly papers that address the wide range of policy, practice, and research issues relevant to this topic. Additionally, narrative or conceptual reviews of specific policies related to the bioeconomy are welcome.

Topics might include:

  • Defining the parameters of the bioeconomy
  • Measuring the size of the bioeconomy
  • Review of policies and strategies relevant to the bioeconomy
  • Proposals for how to improve or diversify the bioeconomy
  • Novel applications of biotechnology to enhance the bioeconomy
  • Proposals for how to safeguard critical assets of the bioeconomy
  • Comparing management approaches for different nations’ bioeconomies
  • Program reviews or descriptions of projects relating to the bioeconomy

Articles on other aspects of the bioeconomy are also welcome.

Health Security, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., is a bi‐monthly peer‐reviewed journal, now in its 17th year of publication. It serves as an international forum for debate and exploration of the key strategic, scientific, and operational issues posed by biological weapons, pandemics and emerging infectious diseases, natural disasters, and other threats to global health. The journal provides multidisciplinary analyses and perspectives essential to the creation of strategies and programs that can diminish the consequences of health emergencies, epidemics, and disasters.

The journal’s international audience includes those professional communities that have strategic, scientific, or operational responsibilities critical to improving health security, including medicine, public health, law, national security, bioscientific research, agriculture, food safety, and drug and vaccine development.

Health Security is indexed in MEDLINE; PubMed; PubMed Central; Current Contents®/Social & Behavioral Sciences; Social Sciences Citation Index®; Social SciSearch®; Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition; EMBASE/Excerpta Medica; EMBiology; Scopus; ProQuest; CAB Abstracts; and Global Health.

Information for authors: The special journal section devoted to the bioeconomy will be published in the May/June 2020 issue of Health Security. Scholarly and review articles, descriptions of practice, and opinion and commentary pieces are welcome. Manuscripts can be up to 5,000 words exclusive of the abstract, tables, figures, and references. Please consult the journal website for specific submission instructions (

Deadline for article submission: Papers must be submitted by January 31, 2020, to



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