Gryphon Scientific Joins Academic and Industry Experts in Calling for Professionalization of Biosecurity Competencies

Advances in life sciences research and biotechnology fields, including synthetic biology, genomics, and neuroscience, are transforming the agriculture, healthcare, energy, and other sectors that rely on use of biologically derived materials. However, some of these materials, technologies, and associated information and expertise potentially could be exploited to cause harm to humans, animals, plants, the environment, public safety, or national security. Biosecurity is a multidisciplinary effort to identify and mitigate biological risks by implementing risk- and threat-based control measures to prevent the unauthorized access, misuse, loss, theft, diversion, and intentional release of such “dual use” materials, technologies, information, and expertise.

Historically, biosecurity policies and practices have focused on risks posed by pathogens and toxins, and therefore, may not address adequately the security concerns posed by emerging life sciences research and technologies. In this Policy Forum, the authors propose the establishment of a professional biosecurity credential to support the creation of a well-trained, responsible workforce with a core set of skills necessary to secure the life sciences of the future.

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  • FORMER GRYPHON STAFF | Dr. Kavita Berger (Director, Board on Life Sciences at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine)
  • PARTNERS | Rebecca L. Moritz, University of Wisconsin, Barbara R. Owen, Merck and Co., and David R. Gillum, Arizona State University