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Bioterrorism: The Threat of ‘Dual-Use’ Technologies

Chatham House, London

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Dr Petra Dickmann, Founder and Director, Dickmann Risk Communication DRC
Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations
Dr Filippa Lentzos, Senior Research Fellow, King's College London
Chair: Professor Nigel Lightfoot CBE, Senior Consulting Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House


The biotechnology industry promises benefits for human health and welfare but also poses security risks due to ‘dual-use’ - the capacity for weaponization of technology that is intended for peaceful purposes. The expert panel will assess the level of risk cutting-edge technologies pose and consider how best to prevent their misuse while preserving their benefits.