ISBI holds biopreparedness luncheon

The International Security and Biopolicy Institute recently held the first event in its Washington, D.C., based private sector luncheon series.

The luncheon, entitled Challenges to Private Sector Engagement in Global Biopreparedness, focused on the harmonization of the biodefense sector’s liability protection.

For the gathering, ISBI brought together a group of biodefense legal and policy experts to discuss the issue at the law firm of Foley Hoag in Washington, D.C.

Experts made presentations about the functioning of the SAFETY act, as well as their experiences in facing prohibitive liability obstacles in their quest to provide medical countermeasures.

All of the participants received the ISBI paper entitled "Remedying the Biodefense Imbalance," which explores the challenges biodefense firms are facing in today’s marketplace.

Following the presentations, the attendees had time for comments, when the group began discussing specific legal issues, political obstacles and proposed tactics that could be used to push forward an issue campaign.

ISBI is an independent, not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., but with staff across the United States and Europe. It seeks to minimize the social unrest, economic damage and public health consequences posed by the global threat of biological weapons. ISBI was formed in early 2009 with this goal in mind.