Various outlets have reported on the release of a report in April 2022 which is not yet publicly available. We assume the report, entitled “Bio-Futures 2050: Defense Impacts and Opportunities”, is the result of the work of the Department of Defense (DoD) Innovation Marketplace’s Biotechnology Community of Interest, which is possibly the most creative exploration of the potential of exponential biotechnology innovation you will find from any government agency or industry sector. Also, see the final section of this post for foresight strategy insights garnered from “Bio-Futures 2050: Defense Impacts and Opportunities” as reported by National Defense Magazine.
What will be the tie that binds all the promising and exciting public and private deep tech investments in biotechnology – enabling the exponential speed and scale of federal projects, market-based business models, and value creation? According to Ryan Fedasiuk, a Research Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), all ships will rise through the transformation of U.S. industrial policy in four key areas: equipment, personnel, information, and capital.
Russians and Chinese using human targeting – amongst other tools- to achieve security advantage in key emerging technologies by 2030
In late October, The National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) issued a report warning of China’s goal to achieve a technological advantage over the U.S. in certain key emerging technologies. Beijing’s long-term goal is a strategic advantage over the U.S. and its security interests by 2030 in areas such as biotechnology, genomic technology, artificial intelligence, and semiconductors. Russia is making strides in this direction as well, but is constrained by resources and has not made the level of commitment as the Chinese. Human targeting is highlighted as a tool used prolifically by the Chinese.
Two historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have been selected to receive a collective $15 million in Defense Department funding to form centers of excellence in biotechnology and materials science. The Pentagon currently views the two topics as near-term priotirites. The two institutions selected are Morgan State University in Baltimore,
According to US Intelligence, China is allegedly conducting human testing on members of the People’s Liberation Army, seeking to develop soldiers with biologically enhanced capabilities. This alarming information represents the extent that China is willing to go to maintain military superiority. John Ratcliffe, director of national intelligence, states that the
Miltenyi Biotec, an international biotechnology company, claims that it has fully recovered from a detrimental malware attack affecting some portions of its network for the past couple of weeks. Miltenyi Biotec is based in Germany and provides solutions for cell and therapy research and has recently been working on COVID-19