About

Developed by the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense, The Apollo Program for Biodefense aims to position the U.S. to better defend against all biological threats, empower public health, and prevent pandemics, no matter what the source.

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Winning the Race Against Biological Threats

In January 2021, the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense issued Winning the Race Against Biological Threats. This comprehensive report outlines realistic and achievable recommendations that can bolster the Nation’s defense against biological threats.

The need today for effective biodefense is just as great, but with the latest scientific advances the challenge is more achievable than ever.

The Commission

The Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense is a privately funded entity established in 2014. The Commission comprehensively assesses the status of U.S. biodefense efforts and issues recommendations to create meaningful change,

Commissioners

Joseph Lieberman

Senator Joe Lieberman

Co-Chair

Now Senior Counsel at the law firm of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres, and Friedman in New York, Joseph…

Governor Tom Ridge

Governor Tom Ridge

Co-Chair

Tom Ridge is Chairman of Ridge Global. He provides clients with solutions to cyber security, international security…

Donna Shalala

Dr. Donna Shalala

Commissioner

Donna E. Shalala is Trustee Professor of Political Science and Health Policy at the University of Miami….

Tom Daschle

Senator Tom Daschle

Commissioner

Senator Daschle is the Founder and CEO of The Daschle Group, A Public Policy Advisory of Baker…

Susan Brooks

Susan Brooks

Commissioner

Susan W. Brooks is an accomplished former Congresswoman and former U.S. Attorney…

Jim Greenwood

Representative Jim Greenwood

Commissioner

James C. Greenwood is a Senior Policy Advisor at the DLA Piper law firm, chairing its Life…

Margaret Hamburg

Margaret A. Hamburg

Commissioner

Margaret (Peggy) Hamburg recently retired as foreign secretary for the National Academy of Medicine…

Kenneth Wainstein

Honorable Ken Wainstein

Commissioner

Ken Wainstein is a partner in Davis Polk & Wardwell Litigation Department, where he focuses his practice…

Ex Officio Members

Yonah Alexander, PhD

Professor Yonah Alexander is the Director of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow at…

William Karesh

William B. Karesh, DVM

Dr. William Karesh is the Executive Vice President for Health and Policy of EcoHealth Alliance, President of…

Rachel Levinson, MA

A twenty five-year veteran of science policy at the national level, Rachel Levinson is the Executive Director…

Lewis “Scooter” Libby, JD

Lewis Libby is Senior Vice President of Hudson Institute and guides the Institute’s program on national security…

Gerald Parker

Gerald W. Parker, Jr., DVM, PhD

Dr. Parker is the Associate Dean for Global One Health at the College of Veterinary Medicine &…

George Poste

George Poste, DVM, PhD, DSC

Dr. George Poste is the Director of the Complex Adaptive Systems Institute (CASI) and Del E. Webb…

Tevi Troy

Tevi Troy, PhD

Tevi Troy is a best-selling presidential historian and former senior government official…

Staff

Asha George

Asha M. George, DrPH

Executive Director

Dr. Asha M. George is a public health security professional whose research and programmatic emphasis has been…

Ambika Bumb, PhD

Deputy Executive Director

An entrepreneur with background in nanomedicine, Dr. Ambika Bumb’s professional path has bridged academia, industry, and government…

Robert Bradley

Robert Bradley

Policy Associate

Rob is an experienced homeland security professional with a comprehensive background in issues and oversight related to…

John O'Brien

John T. O’Brien, MS

Research Associate

John is a health security professional with previous experience in bioengineering and infectious diseases. Prior to joining…

Arienne O’Neil

Office Manager

Arienne O’Neil is an experienced Administrator with a background in finance, people relations, and technology. Prior to joining the Commission…

Learn more about the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense.

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