Manassas, VA, May 8, 2024

Dr. James Giordano, Executive Director of the Institute for Biodefense Research named Senior Ethical Legal Societal and Social Issues (ELSI) Subject Matter Expert for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Triage Challenge.  

The Institute for Biodefense Research is pleased to announce that its Executive Director, Dr. James Giordano, has been named Senior Ethical Legal Societal and Social Issues (ELSI) subject matter expert for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Triage Challenge.  

The Challenge, a three-year effort focused on inspiring “development of scalable, timely, and accurate capture of novel injury signatures to enhance triage decision-making in austere, complex, and mass-casualty settings,” Particular interest is placed on mass casualty incidents (MCI) for both civilian and military needs, especially for events where medical resources are very limited and the need is great.

Open to global respondents, the competition also seeks to increase diversity, versatility, cost-effectiveness and multipurposed technologies and systems to address the wide range of MCI demands.

Dr. Giordano will leverage his extensive experience in emerging technologies to provide insight, lead and participate in ELSI brainstorming sessions and mediate discussion panels presenting to competitors, government support teams, and DARPA staff.

The Institute for Biodefense Research is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization established to study and analyze current and near-term risks and threats to United States’ and global biosecurity, biosafety, and public health. The Institute evaluates, informs, and develops methods and metrics for biodefense preparedness, guidance, readiness, oversight, and response.

Working with national, regional, and global partners, the Institute engages multidisciplinary approaches to define, assess, quantify, mitigate, and prevent risks and threats to biosecurity, and public health and safety. Current collaborations in these projects include the Department of Defense; Department of Homeland Security; Department of Justice; Department of Health and Human Services; Department of Commerce National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST); Department of Agriculture; and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

The Institute provides interdisciplinary subject matter expertise to consult with and guide governmental, public, and private institutions and organizations on emerging issues of biosecurity.