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Speakers from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Battelle Memorial Institute to Deliver Plenary Keynote Address at the Biodefense World Summit

Plenary speakers will discuss the future of biodetection this June in Bethesda 

  

Needham, MA, February 24, 2015 – The Knowledge Foundation’s Biodefense World Summit, which will take place June 22-26, 2015 in Bethesda, MD, will feature a plenary keynote session by Gerald Epstein, Ph.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Matthew D. Shaw, Vice President of CBRNE Defense at Battelle. The session will bring together attendees from the event’s two biodetection-focused tracks and will cover the future of biological incident characterization, the future and evolution of biodetection technologies in a fiscally-constrained environment, and the potential impacts of regulatory hurdles on biodetection systems.

 

The Biodefense World Summit, which consists of three back-to-back conference tracks, aims to empower the defense community to recognize, assess, and act on biological threats while preparing for the unknown. Leaders from government, academia, and industry will come together to discuss pathogen detection, point-of-care technologies, and biosurveillance, demonstrating threat detection and assessment from start to finish. The event will provide attendees with comprehensive coverage of biodefense and allow for exceptional networking opportunities with members of the defense community from technology providers to policy makers.

 

In addition to the plenary session, the Biodefense World Summit will also feature the following four keynote presentations:

 

  • Pan-Genomic Technologies for Molecular Detection of Viral Hemorrhagic Fever
    Charles Chiu, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Laboratory of Medicine / Infectious Diseases, UCSF School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco 

  • Targeted Acquisition of Reference Materials Augmenting Capabilities (TARMAC)
    Michael A. Smith, M.Phil., Ph.D., PMP, Director, Critical Reagents Program, Medical Countermeasure Systems, JPEO, U.S. Department of Defense 

  • Department of Defense Advanced Technology Demonstrations in Biosurveillance
    Peter Emanuel, Ph.D., ECBC BioSciences Division Chief & JPEO-CBD JUPITR ATD Lead, Aberdeen Proving Grounds 

  • Advances in National Biosurveillance – Integrating New Analytic Capabilities for Improved Early Warning and Situational Awareness
    Steve Bennett, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Biosurveillance Integration Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

 For full conference details, visit http://www.biodefenseworldsummit.com.  

 

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