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We've been preparing tools and resources to support the medical community as well as decision makers, technologists, and other stakeholders to help understand, manage, and respond to COVID-19.
B.Next illuminates the national security implications of infectious disease outbreaks through thought leadership, proof-of-concept experimentation, and informing IQT investment strategy. We are building a trusted network linking government, academia, civil society, and private sector innovators.
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Be a Hero: Wear a Mask
B.Next colleagues, Joseph Buccina and Dan Hanfling, M.D., urge the general public for greater adherence to mask wearing – among social distancing and hand washing – as critical steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and encourages the U.S. Government to re-evaluate the development, production, and distribution of masks (and other personal protective equipment) to ensure their availability while reducing the country’s dependence on foreign suppliers in the likely event of a future outbreak.
IQT Tech-Enabled Contact Tracing and Privacy Roundtable Discussion
Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic necessitates the adoption of traditional public health measures for disease control, including rapidly tracing the contacts and locations of infected individuals to prevent further spread. Leveraging technology can accelerate the scale and speed of this essential public health measure, and many organizations have announced plans to launch or support contact tracing initiatives though their underlying technologies, workflows, and privacy architectures. In April 2020, B.Next and In-Q-Tel convened members of the public health and technology communities for a virtual roundtable – learn more.
What We're Reading
Academic, private, and government institutions all produce meaningful research on an ongoing basis. Here are a few articles, books, and websites that capture some important perspectives on biodefense.