Why is IBBIS needed?

Rapid advances in bioscience and biotechnology are essential for fighting disease, protecting the environment, and promoting economic development, but they also increase the risk of accidental or deliberate misuse, with potentially catastrophic consequences. Governments play a key role in safeguarding the life sciences, but they have struggled to keep pace, especially as enabling technologies and tools to engineer potentially dangerous pathogens become more widely available.

No existing international entity has dedicated its primary mission to strengthening biosecurity and bioscience governance to reduce emerging biological risks.

As a small, agile organization with global partners across the bioscience and biotechnology landscape, IBBIS is well-positioned to convene experts to develop innovative, practical solutions to safeguard the bioeconomy and bolster biosecurity.