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DHHS Confirmed: Director Division of CBRN Medical Countermeasures at MBB Symposium (June 5-6, Chapel Hill)


Joe Larsen, Ph.D.: Director (Acting), Division of CBRN Medical Countermeasures, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, US Department of Health and Human Services

The Offices of United States Senator Richard Burr and United States Senator Thom Tillis, the North Carolina Military Business Center, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the University of North Carolina are pleased to host the Medical, Biomedical & Biodefense: Support to the Warfighter Symposium on June 5-6 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 


WHEN.  June 5 (evening welcome reception) and June 6, 2018

WHERE.  University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
The Friday Conference Center
100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, North Carolina  27599


Director (Acting), Division of CBRN Medical Countermeasures, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, US Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Larsen oversees a $2.8B fund for the late stage development and procurement of medical products for use during public health emergencies and a $530M annual advanced research and development fund. Dr. Larsen has supported the development and regulatory submission for a novel smallpox antiviral drug, three novel antibiotics, and a cytokine therapy to treat the hematopoietic effects of acute radiation exposure.

Dr. Larsen has also led the establishment of Project Bioshield programs to develop vaccine and therapeutics to safe guard the American public from future Ebola virus outbreaks. He is the lead for the BARDA’s work on combating antibiotic resistant bacteria and is an executive member and founder of CARB-X, a novel $450M public private partnership focused on promoting innovation in antibacterial drug development. 

Dr. Larsen has also been involved in discussing potential reforms to the economic incentive structures for antibacterial drug development.  

Dr. Larsen will serve on the “Marketing and Selling Your Products and Services to the Department of Defense; Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Health and Human Services” session during the Symposium.

Medical Support to the Warfighter, will connect businesses in North Carolina with military and other federal agencies that require or purchase medical supplies, equipment, devices, pharmaceuticals, medical information technology and medical services.  Representatives from the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services, their prime vendors and major contractors – from national commands and from bases, commands and facilities in North Carolina – will highlight current technology or resource gaps and needs, future requirements and procurement processes to supply military and federal medical facilities and agencies.  All medical-related businesses in North Carolina – large or small, prime contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, manufacturers and service providers – will benefit from briefings on military requirements, procurement processes and supplier qualifications, from informal networking with buyers and users, and from exhibiting or viewing demonstrations of the latest medical technologies designed to support America’s warfighters.

The Biomedical and Biodefense Support to the Warfighter portion of this conference will be split with a focus on traditional biodefense R&D topics in our morning breakout and a focus on military medical R&D topics in our afternoon session. Each session will include a federal representative from these topical areas who will highlight the government’s challenges, needs and priority areas of interest. Each panel will also include a researcher and/or industry partner that are developing technology solutions that address some of the problem areas. Each session will conclude with a panel discussion regarding challenges and opportunities for funding and collaboration.  Both of these sessions aim to establish a dialogue between industry, academia and government to form partnerships to address the future biomedical and biodefense technology needs of the military and our nation.

The Cape Fear Research Consortium is a collaboration of academic, healthcare and military institutions in the Cape Fear region. It includes Campbell University, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville VA Medical Center, Methodist University, North Carolina Military Business Center, Southern Regional Area Health Education Center, Womack Army Medical Center and associated Fort Bragg organizations. The mission of this consortium is to promote scientific, academic, medical and economic growth in the Cape Fear region by leveraging the region’s outstanding educational infrastructure with its robust healthcare and military presence.


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