Empowering the biodefense community to recognize,
assess and act on biological threats


The Knowledge Foundation's Second Annual Biodefense World Summit brings together leaders from government, academia, and industry for compelling discussions and comprehensive coverage on pathogen detection, sample prep technologies, point-of-care, and biosurveillance. Across the four-track event, attendees can expect exceptional networking opportunities in the exhibit hall, across panel discussions, and shared case studies with members of the biodefense community from technology providers to policy makers. The 2015 summit saw more than 400 participants from 21 countries with 33% of attendees titled as scientist/technologist, 30% as executive/director, and 11% as professor.

BPM Conference at a Glance 

Keynote Presentations

Establishing FDA-ARGOS for Regulation of Sequencing-Based Diagnostics for Infectious Diseases

Heike_SichtigHeike Sichtig, Ph.D., Principal Investigator/Team Lead, Microbiology Devices, Center for Devices (CDRH), US Food and Drug Administration


Success and Hurdles in BSV Knowledge Exchange: Beyond Collecting Data Sets

Aaron_FirovedAaron M. Firoved, Ph.D, Director, National Biosurveillance Integration Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security


The Changing Landscape of Food Safety in Public Health - Genomics and Metagenomics

Peter_Gerner-SmidtPeter Gerner-Smidt, M.D., DMS, Chief, Enteric Disease Laboratory Branch, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases, United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC)


BioWatch: The Future of Biodetection

Michael WalterMichael Walter, Ph.D., Detection Branch Chief & Program Manager, BioWatch, US Department of Homeland Security


Development and Challenges of Translating Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Research to Actionalbe Diagnostic Applications

Timothy_MinogueTimothy D. Minogue, Ph.D., Chief, Molecular Diagnostics Department, Division of Diagnostic Systems, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID)


Ebola Outbreak 2014-2015: Experiences from the Field in Sample Preparation and Rapid Diagnosis

Kurt_SchaecherLt. Col. Kurt Schaecher, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Division of Medicine, USAMRIID, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases


How to Validate Process Control When You Can't Find Pathogens: Using Indicators and Surrogates

Gary_AcuffGary R. Acuff, Ph.D., Professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow; Director, Center for Food Safety, Texas A&M University