IBBIS safeguards bioscience & biotechnology so it can advance safely & responsibly

The International Biosecurity and Biosafety Initiative for Science is launching soon to reduce emerging biological risks.

About Us

Bioscience and biotechnology advances offer tremendous potential benefits—including strengthening public health, combating climate change, and promoting economic development. However, these same innovations also can pose unique challenges and increase risks of accidental misuse or deliberate abuse with potentially catastrophic consequences.

The International Biosecurity and Biosafety Initiative for Science (IBBIS) is a new organization that works collaboratively with global partners to strengthen biosecurity norms and develop innovative tools to uphold them. We undertake this work to safeguard science and reduce the risk of catastrophic events that could result from deliberate abuse or accidental misuse of bioscience and biotechnology. IBBIS is designed to be small, agile, and responsive to emerging threats.

IBBIS will collaborate with a diverse range of stakeholders including the academic research community, industry, public health, governments and philanthropy. IBBIS’ efforts will complement the important work of the World Health Organization, the Biological Weapons Convention, and other regional and international organizations.

Together, we can create a world in which bioscience and biotechnology flourish, safely and responsibly.

IBBIS is a project of the Nuclear Threat Initiative.


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