NTI Receives Grant to Further Efforts to Counter Global Catastrophic Biological Risks; Welcomes Dr. Jaime Yassif

Thanks to a generous new grant of $1.9 million from the Open Philanthropy Project, the Nuclear Threat Initiative biosecurity program (NTI | bio) will expand its efforts to counter global catastrophic biological risks over the next three years.  Dr. Jaime Yassif will join the NTI | bio team as a Senior Fellow to implement new projects funded by this grant. Her work will focus on activities to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention, reduce biological threats from powerful actors, and foster international dialogue and action to reduce catastrophic biological risks.

“We appreciate this support from the Open Philanthropy Project to expand NTI’s work to better understand and reduce high consequence and catastrophic global biological risks.  In a changing and increasingly fragmented world, we need to vastly improve our capability to identify and prevent biological events that could cause dramatic global consequences,” said NTI Vice President of Global Biological Policy and Programs Elizabeth Cameron. “We look forward to welcoming Jaime Yassif to the NTI | bio team as a Senior Fellow, where she will be an excellent addition to our growing biosecurity effort.”

This grant follows grants made to NTI by the Open Philanthropy Project in October 2017 and July 2018 to improve biosecurity and foster a Global Health Security Index.

The Open Philanthropy Project identifies outstanding giving opportunities, awards grants, tracks the results, and publishes the findings. Its mission is to give effectively and share findings openly so that others may build on them. One of the Project’s focus areas is global catastrophic risks including biosecurity and pandemic preparedness. 

The Nuclear Threat Initiative works to protect our lives, environment, and quality of life now and for future generations. We work to prevent catastrophic attacks with weapons of mass destruction and disruption (WMDD)—nuclear, biological, radiological, chemical, and cyber.

More about NTI’s biosecurity program can be found at www.nti.org/bio

Media Contact: Cathy Gwin, 202-454-7706, gwin@nti.org

December 13, 2018
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Thanks to a generous new grant of $1.9 million from the Open Philanthropy Project, NTI | bio will expand its efforts to counter global catastrophic biological risks over the next three years. Dr. Jaime Yassif will join the NTI | bio team as a Senior Fellow to implement new projects funded by this grant.