Event
MEETING OF THE BLUE RIBBON STUDY PANEL ON BIODEFENSE

A Manhattan Project for Biodefense: Taking Biological Threats Off The Table

Thursday, July 11, 2019
9 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
58 E. 68th Street
New York, NY
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Eighty years ago, the United States began leading a research and development effort to produce the world’s first nuclear weapons. Military and federal agencies, academia, industry, government contractors, and predecessors of today’s national laboratories worked together –  with a great deal of support from Manhattan, NY and other localities – to establish overwhelming military superiority for the Allies during World War II. Their efforts effectively ended the war.

Today, the challenge is defense against the biological threat, for which we are at a decided disadvantage. No matter what the source – intentional, accidental, or natural – the Nation and the world are at catastrophic biological risk. We need to take this threat off the table for good.

Please join the Panel on July 11, 2019 in New York City, when we hold a meeting to discuss a Manhattan Project for Biodefense – a national, public-private research and development undertaking to defend the Nation against biological threats. These threats include biological warfare, bioterrorism, and infectious disease pandemics

Representatives from the same sorts of organizations that contributed to the original Manhattan Project will gather to talk with the Panel about the biological threat, cutting edge biodefense research, needed resources, and business risk. We will also talk about universal flu vaccine as an example of public-private interagency activity.

Agenda (subject to change)
Historical Perspective on Germ Warfare
Local View on Biological Threats and Requirements
Federal, Military, and Non-Federal Contributions
Pursuit of Universal Influenza Vaccine




RSVP by July 3. Attendance is free. Registration is required. This event will also be webcast (registration for webcast is encouraged). Lunch and refreshments will be provided. WEBCAST WILL GO LIVE just before 9 a.m. on July 11.

Please address any special accommodations needs directly to admin@biodefensestudy.org or by calling (240) 621-2612. Requests should be made as soon as possible and no later than July 8, 2019.