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Project Title: Strategies for Identifying and Addressing Biodefense Vulnerabilities Posed by Synthetic Biology

PIN: DELS-BCST-16-04         

Major Unit:
Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit:
Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology
Board on Life Sciences

Shelton-Davenport, Marilee

Subject/Focus Area:
Biology and Life Sciences; Math, Chemistry and Physics; National Security and Defense

Biodefense Vulnerabilities Posed by Synthetic Biology - Meeting 1
January 26, 2017 - January 27, 2017
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution NW
Washington D.C. 20148

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Tamara Dawson


**********Please indicate your intent to attend in person by visiting:**********

Please note that this is a draft agenda with details and session timing subject to change. The meeting will not be webcast or available via teleconference. Space will be available on a first come basis, with overflow space utilized if needed.

National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Building
2101 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20418
(across street from State Department, 15 min walk from Foggy Bottom metro station).

January 26, 2017
10:30am-5:00pm Eastern*
*Exact meeting times are subject to change.

Welcome and Introduction to the Committee
Michael Imperiale, Chair

Presentation of Committee Charge
D. Christian Hassell, DOD

Brief Overview of Synthetic Biology
Michael Jewett, Northwestern University (remote)

Break for Lunch

Needs of Non-Sponsor Agencies - Panel Discussion (5 mins opening remarks from other agencies, followed by discussion)
• D. Christian Hassell, DOD
• Lawrence Kerr, HHS
• Carolyn M. Floyd, UCIA
• Susan Coller-Monarez, DHS

PCAST Letter to the President on Action Needed to Protect Against Biological
Christopher Chyba, Princeton University (remote)
David Relman, Stanford University (remote)

JASON Gene Editing Study
Ronald Breaker, Yale University (remote)


Gleanings from Related Gryphon Studies
Rocco Casagrande, Kavita Berger, Corey Meyer, Ryan Ritterson
Gryphon Scientific

Strategies and Frameworks for Identifying Advances of Significance
Megan Palmer, Stanford University (remote)

Discussion of Issues with Committee, Invited Panelists and Sponsor

Additional Charge Clarification

Adjourn Open Session

January 27, 2017
2:00pm -3:00pm Eastern*
*Exact meeting times are subject to change.

Further Clarification of Charge with Sponsor
D. Christian Hassell, DOD
(Note: This session will be canceled or truncated if a full hour is not needed.)

Adjourn Open Session

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
Dr. Michael J. Imperiale (Chair)
Dr. Patrick M. Boyle
Dr. Peter A. Carr
Dr. Douglas Densmore
Dr. Diane DiEuliis
Dr. Andrew Ellington
Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall
Dr. Charles N. Haas
Dr. Joseph Kanabrocki
Dr. Kara Morgan
Mr. Tom Slezak
Dr. Jill Taylor
and Dr. David R. Walt.

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
1) Standard Academies discussion of policies, procedures, bias, and conflict of interest.
2) Committee’s statement of task and its approach to its task.
3) Information presented during the open session.
4) Committee assignments, project schedule, and agendas for future meetings.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:
Kavita M. Berger, Gryphon Scientific, LLC
Email with attachment
January 24, 2017
Casagrande, R. C. Meyer, and K. Berger. 2017. Assessing Biodefense Vulnerabilities Posed by Synthetic Biology: Insights from Related Gryphon Studies. (PowerPoint presentation)

D. Christian Hassell, Department of Defense
Email with attachment
January 25, 2017
Hassell, D.C. 2017. Synthetic Biology (PowerPoint presentation)

Michael C. Jewett, Northwestern University
Email with attachment
January 26, 2017
Jewett, M.C. 2017. Synthetic Biology: Transforming Medicine, Technology, and Society (PowerPoint presentation)

Christopher F. Chyba, Princeton University
Email with attachment
January 26, 2017
Chyba, C.F. 2017. Action Needed to Protect against Biological Attack: Working Group (PowerPoint presentation)

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: February 2, 2017