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Laplink Connections: Interview with George W. Korch, PhD

A compelling conversation about how government and science can better prepare to face new pandemics in the future is the highlight of our latest Laplink Connections discussion. Thomas Koll talks with George W. Korch, PhD, about his thoughts on this topic.

Dr. Korch is the Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center and President of the Battelle National Biodefense Institute. For the past 30 years, his career has focused on medical biodefense measures, from civilian to military needs. Prior to his current position, he served in a number of roles within the Department of Health and Human Services, including Acting Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and Senior Science Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Health and Human Services.

It’s an understatement to say that Dr. Korch is well-qualified for a discussion on the lessons we’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how teams of scientists working together can be better prepared for threats in the future. He shares his thoughts on the significant progress made in the scientific community between 2009 through 2021 that will allow us to be more responsive to threats than ever before. He also explains how COVID-19 vaccines were produced in record time, despite ongoing challenges.

We’re grateful for Dr. Korch’s work and greatly appreciate him sharing his expertise with us.


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