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Online Event: Technology’s Role Strengthening Biodefense and Accelerating Economic Recovery After Covid-19: A Conversation with Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA)

September 8, 2020 • 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

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Please join us on Tuesday, September 8th at 1PM for the final event of CSIS’s Synthetic Biology: The Ongoing Technology Revolution Series.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) invites you to attend the final event in our Synthetic Biology: The Ongoing Technology Revolution Series. This event will feature a discussion with two leaders on technology, economic, and national security issues: Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA). The discussion will explore how the U.S. can leverage emerging technologies to bolster biodefense and how investments in research and development can also accelerate economic recovery.

Synthetic Biology: The Ongoing Technology Revolution Series

Emerging technologies—such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing, 5G, and synthetic biology—drive security and economic competition and are increasingly shaping national strategies. To develop an effective strategy for synthetic biology, policy makers and the general public need a better understanding of synthetic biology’s underlying capabilities, state of development, and diverse applications. Through a series of four symposia, CSIS will explore synthetic biology’s wide-ranging applications—from advanced microelectronics and materials to nutrition and cosmetics —and opportunities to shape its future development in support of U.S. security and economic interests. This series will include targeted discussions on synthetic biology’s:

  • Present and future potential as a critical emerging technology;

  • Economic and societal implications;

  • National security opportunities and risks; and

  • Implications for emerging technology policy.

CSIS hopes you will join us for our final event on September 8th and will tune in to watch past events, which are available online.

This series of events is sponsored by Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc.

Event Partners


Andrew Philip Hunter

The Honorable Seth Moulton

Co-chair, House Armed Services Committee Future of Defense Task Force

The Honorable Don Bacon

Member, House Armed Services Committee

Morgan Dwyer