Biotechnology

How can we prevent future pandemics and accelerate progress in the life sciences?

COVID-19 has revealed both strengths and weaknesses in response to biological threats. On the one hand, the pandemic exposed how weak and ineffectual our public health systems are at controlling highly contagious airborne respiratory diseases. On the other hand, the urgency of the moment — combined with decades of previous investment — enabled us to deliver mRNA vaccines in less than nine months. Biotechnology contains much more low-hanging fruit that is ripe to be picked — if only we can implement the right public policies.

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Mapping America’s Biosurveillance
A comprehensive visual map of the entities that monitor biological threats across the U.S. federal government
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April 3rd 2024
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Congress Can Improve our Pandemic Preparedness
Strengthening the Federal Select Agent Program would mean better oversight of biotech laboratories
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January 18th 2024
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Using PAHPA to Address Biosecurity Threats
A letter to House and Senate health committee leaders on making sure PAHPA mitigates biosecurity risks
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November 20th 2023
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How Project NextGen Can Create Better Vaccines
A response to BARDA's request for information on the development of next generation medical countermeasures
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November 9th 2023
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Biotechnology Research Team

Arielle D'Souza
Arielle D'Souza
Biotechnology Fellow
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Jassi Pannu
Jassi Pannu
Senior Biotechnology Fellow
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Janika Schmitt
Janika Schmitt
Charité Berlin
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Nikki Teran
Nikki Teran
Senior Biotechnology Fellow
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Preventing the Misuse of Breakthrough Health Research
A response to ARPA-H's request for information on ethical, legal, and social implications of technology development
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November 9th 2023
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Making the CDC Modern
A response to the CDC's request for information on modernizing the agency
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November 3rd 2023
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Mitigating Risks from Dual-Use Research
A response to OSTP's request for information on developing a policy for research with certain pathogens
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October 17th 2023
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How ARPA-H’s Use-Inspired Research Can Accelerate Progress in Health
Focusing on pandemic prevention will help the new agency achieve its ambitious goals – if it takes the right risks
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August 16th 2023
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How At-Home Rapid Tests Could Help Prevent the Next Pandemic
Loosening restrictions on at-home rapid tests will mitigate future outbreaks
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July 24th 2023
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How AI Can Help Prevent Biosecurity Disasters
A response to OSTP's request for information on a National Artificial Intelligence Strategy
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July 10th 2023
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Indoor Air Quality Is the Next Great Public Health Challenge
Cleaner indoor air can increase productivity, improve student outcomes, and prevent pandemics
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June 29th 2023
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Preparing for Pandemic Preparedness Legislation
Nine legislative ideas to improve our biosecurity response
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May 5th 2023
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Preventing the Misuse of DNA Synthesis
The risk of engineered viruses increases as synthetic biology gets cheaper
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February 15th 2023
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What Are the Odds H5N1 Is Worse Than COVID-19?
And what can we do to reduce that risk?
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February 14th 2023
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How To Reuse the Operation Warp Speed Model
To replicate the success of OWS, we need to identify the specific characteristics that made it effective
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February 7th 2023
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Three Reasons Congress Should Fund Biodefense
Cutting the Chemical Biological Defense Program would be penny-wise and pound-foolish
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January 24th 2023
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Research Into Far-UVC Systems Can Help Us Prevent the Next Pandemic
A response to the EPA's request for information on better indoor air quality management
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December 16th 2022
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Dwindling Food Reserves Are a National Security Risk
Policymakers have allowed the critical national security tool of food reserves to rust
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December 12th 2022
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Food Reserves, Global Food Security, and International Stability
Incentivizing farmers to hold food reserves would protect global food security
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December 12th 2022
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Why the Department of Defense Should Invest in Biosurveillance
Building integrated, layered, and pathogen-agnostic detection systems
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October 14th 2022
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How to Maintain Food Supplies in Future Pandemics
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August 9th 2022
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Explaining Biden’s Pandemic Preparedness Budget: ASPR
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May 19th 2022
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Weighing the Cost of the Pandemic
Knowing what we know now, how much damage did COVID-19 cause in the United States?
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April 21st 2022
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Why BARDA Deserves More Funding
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March 30th 2022
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Preventing Pandemics Requires Funding
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March 14th 2022
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Comments on PREVENT Pandemics Discussion Draft
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February 14th 2022
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Taking Emergency Use Authorization Seriously
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January 27th 2022
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Creating Advance Market Commitments and Prizes for Pandemic Preparedness
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January 19th 2022
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Curing Alzheimer’s by Investing in Aging Research
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January 19th 2022
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