The 26th International Biodetection Technologies: Biothreat and Pathogen Detection is an internationally recognized meeting for experts in detection and identification of biological threats. This conference will address the key topics in pathogen detection and present the latest R&D and technological innovation in ready-to-market systems. In addition, this meeting will focus on the latest strategies to overcoming the hurdles to the identification of global biological threats and translational gaps in bringing technologies from lab to field. This conference will feature stimulating discussions, perspectives of end users, high-quality case studies and provides the opportunity to network with the leading experts in biodefense from around the globe.

Preliminary Agenda


Advances in Nucleic Acid Technologies & Next-Generation Sequencing

A Mixed Microbial Pathogen Reference Material: Ground Truth for Assessing Sensitivity and Specificity of NGS-Based Pathogen Detection

Scott A. Jackson, Leader, Complex Microbial Systems Group, Biosystems and Biomaterials Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology


Identification & Management of Emerging and Reemerging Pathogens

USAMRIID's Ability to Go from Novel Pathogen Characterization through the Evaluation of Medical Countermeasures

Michael Smith, Chief Business Innovation and Plans Division, USAMRIID, US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

Sequence-Based Method to Predict Host-Pathogen Interactions Between Group IV Viruses and Various Hosts

Patricia Legler, PhD, Research Biologist, Naval Research Laboratories

RIGEL: Analytical System for Known and Unknown Biothreat Assessment

Willy A. Valdivia-Granda, Orion Integrated Biosciences Inc.

Preservation and Detection of Biothreat Pathogens Using Nanotraps

Monique van Hoek, PhD, Professor, School of Systems Biology, National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases, George Mason University


Rapid and Future Technologies for Biodetection

Rapid Sequencing of RNA and DNA Viromes

David Ussery, PhD, Helen Adams & the Arkansas Research Alliance Chair in Biomedical Informatics, Director, Arkansas Center for Genomic Epidemiology & Medicine, Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences


Agro-Defense, Toxins & Allergens

Microbial Contamination in Surface Water – Challenges and Scope

Pramod Pandey, PhD, Assistant Specialist CE, Department of Population Health and Reproduction, University of California, Davis

Use of IFN-Expressing Vectors in Control of Ebola Virus Disease in Swine

Chandrika Senthilkumaran, PhD, Research Scientist, National Center for Foreign Animal disease, Canadian Food Inspection Agency


Screening, Capture & Biosurveillance

BioWatch Program Updates: Technology, BioAlliance, Testing and Reoptimization of the Network

Michael Walter, PhD, BioWatch Program Manager, Office of Health Affairs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

CBRNE Abroad: Operating a Deployable Lab Overseas to Counteract Biological Threats

Rebecca Lewandowski, PhD, Microbiologist, CBRNE Analytical and Remediation Activity, US Army 20th Command




For more details on the meeting, or to submit a proposal for presenting, please contact the conference organizing committee:

Craig Wohlers
Executive Director, Conferences
Cambridge Healthtech Institute
Phone: (+1) 781-972-6260
Email: cwohlers@healthtech.com

For sponsorship and exhibit sales information, please contact:
Sherry Johnson
Manager, Business Development
Cambridge Healthtech Institute
Phone: (+1) 781-972-1359
Email: sjohnson@healthtech.com