Programme

Programme

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  • Tentative programme, correct as of 15 March 2017.
  • The Opening and Closing sessions will be held at Melati Room.
  • All lunches and tea breaks will be held at the Exhibition Hall in Orchid Ballroom.
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07:30 - 08:30

Registration

Location: Exhibition Hall

08:30 - 10:30

Joint Opening Plenary

Location: Melati Room

OPENING REMARKS
Drs. Ilja M. BonsenIlja M. Bonsen has a studied Political Science in Leiden, The Netherlands, Business Administration at the Rotterdam School of Management and European Management at the Corvinus University in Budapest, Hungary.After working as an ICT consultant for 8 years, Ilja started in 2006 working for the Business Unit of Biological and Chemical Protection of TNO Defense, Security and Safety in The Netherlands. Ilja managed mainly projects that had an international outlook, project concerning CBRN terrorism and projects focused on critical infrastructure protection. Projects he led for TNO included the EU funded Airsecure project on airport security, the Netherlands DHS funded CBRN Critical Infrastructure protection projects and projects for The Netherlands MOD and the European Defense Agency.In 2009 he started Ilja Bonsen Consultancy (www.ib-consultancy.com), a Netherlands based consultancy company specialized in applying knowledge on protecting people and objects against CBRNE terrorism.

Founder and Managing Director, IB Consultancy
Mr. Guy RobertsGuy Roberts has over thirty years of experience in public policy, foreign affairs, international organizations, bi-lateral and multilateral negotiations on strategic issues, and international legal matters. Until August 2011 he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Weapons of Mass Destruction Policy and Director, Nuclear Policy Planning Directorate for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Prior to that Mr. Roberts was Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and Principal Director for Negotiations Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Roberts served as the legal counsel for arms control and non-proliferation in the U.S. Department of the Navy. Mr. Roberts also had a distinguished 25-year career in the US Marine Corps. In September 2011 he joined IB Consultancy as a Principal Consultant.

Former Dep. Ass. Sec. Gen. for WMD Policy, NATO
Mr. Neil PatrickNeil Patrick had an extensive 29 year military career serving with numerous specialist and bespoke Counter Terrorist organisations in both the British & Australian Armies. Having operated in both overt and covert CIED roles in insurgency theatres such as Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan, he was recruited by Saab to oversee the operational execution of an extensive CIED training contract to Australian conventional and Special Forces CIED assets, preparing them for high threat operations in Afghanistan. Neil has also been a security advisor at high profile global events such as the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and the Hajj Pilgrimage. For his work in the global CIED and security arena, Neil was recognised with awards on both the United Kingdom and Australian National Honours Lists. He is now employed as the Director Marketing & Sales Land Systems for Saab’s Asia Pacific Market Area, based in Bangkok, Thailand.

Director of Marketing and Sales – Land Systems Saab Asia Pacific
WELCOME REMARKS
Dr. Loke Weng KeongDr. Loke Weng Keong received his graduate training in both Chemistry and Pharmacology at the National University of Singapore. He spent his last 22 years in defence research with DSO National Laboratories and is recognised as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. He is currently serving as the Programme Director for a bunch of wonderful folks researching on technological solutions to counter Chemical, Toxins, Radiological and Nuclear threats. He is actively involved in a number of national committees that includes the Advisory Committee to the National Environmental Agency on Radiation Protection and Nuclear Science, Operational Civil Emergency Joint Planning Staffing of the Singapore Civil Defence Force and the Toxicology Advisory Team advising the Ministry of Health, Singapore. He is the co-editor for 1 book and co-author for 3 patents, 3 book chapters, 30 journal papers and 47 conference papers.

Chairman, 8th SISPAT, DSO National Laboratories
GUEST-OF-HONOUR KEYNOTE SPEECH
Mr. Quek Gim PewMr. Quek has held various appointments in defence and technology, including Director of R&D at the Ministry of Defence and the Deputy CE (Technology) DSTA. He was previously the CEO of DSO.He is a member of the A*Star Board and Executive Committee, the Defence Science and Technology Agency Board (DSTA), DSO and the Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd Board. He is also a member of the National Supercomputing Centre Steering Committee, the Governing Board for the Singapore Synchrotron Light Source.He chairs the Temasek Laboratories at NUS, NTU & SUTD, the TDSI in NUS and the NCL (National Cybersecurity R&D Lab).He is a Fellow of the Academy of Engineering, Singapore, a Member of the Institute of Leadership in the NUS Faculty of Engineering and an Adjunct Professor in the NUS Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.Mr Quek was presented the Defence Technology Prize (Individual), and conferred the Public Administration Medal (Gold) and the NUS Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.
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Chief Defence Scientist, Singapore Ministry Of Defence
KEYNOTE
H.E. Mr. Ahmet ÜzümcüH.E. Mr Ahmet Üzümcü was appointed Director-General of the OPCW in 2009, and is now serving his second term as Director-General.Prior to this, he was the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Turkey to the United Nations Office at Geneva.During the past decade he has represented Turkey at the NATO Council, the Conference on Disarmament, the U.N., and other international organisations in Geneva. Ambassador Üzümcü chaired the Conference on Disarmament in 2008 and attended various disarmament-related meetings and conferences. 

Previously, he served as Deputy Undersecretary of State for Bilateral Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey; the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the NATO Council in Brussels; the Ambassador of Turkey to Israel; and the head of the Personnel Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ankara. Has has served in various posts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Turkish delegation to NATO; the Turkish Embassy in Vienna; and as a Consul in Aleppo.
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Director General, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
The Chemical Weapons Convention: A global line of defence against chemical weapons
KEYNOTE
Mr. Douglas Bryce Mr. Bryce was designated the Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) on 22 October 2015. As the JPEO-CBD, he has materiel acquisition decision authority for the services on chemical and biological defense equipment. He provides acquisition management and professional leadership on complex issues related to joint service chemical and biological defense acquisition programs. He plans, directs, manages, coordinates the JPEO-CBD’s mission and is responsible for the development, acquisition, distribution, and deployment of highly specialized and dynamic joint chemical and biological defense devices, as well as medical diagnostic systems, drugs, and vaccines.Previously, he served as Deputy JPEO-CBD and Joint Project Manager at the Marine Corps Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Defense Equipment (Concurrent Assignment), Marine Corps Systems Command. He has also been Product Manager at the Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Defense Equipment, Marine Corps systems Command and the Project Officer of the Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Defense Equipment, Marine Corps Research and Development Command.
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Chief Executive, Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD)
10:30 - 11:15

Morning Refreshments & Networking

Location: Exhibition Hall in Orchid Ballroom

CBRN Threat Prediction and Analysis

Location: Melati Room

11:15 – 11:45 PLENARY
Dr. Anna Gerber Dr. Anna-Barbara Gerber obtained her Master in Chemistry at the University of Berne, Switzerland, and pursued there her scientific studies with a doctoral thesis in bioorganic chemistry. In 2013, she joined the SPIEZ LABORATORY as research scientist in the Organic Chemistry, Detection, Decontamination branch. Her special areas of expertise are hand-on detection systems and decontamination methods.

Spiez Laboratory, Switzerland
Chemical and Biological Weapons: Current and Future Challenges
11:45 – 12:05

Dr. Björn SandströmDr. Björn Sandström is a deputy research director at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) where he has gained extensive experience of working with CBRN issues, primarily in the field of radiation safety and security. His research activities mainly concern radiological and nuclear threat and risk assessments, particularly linked to cases of illicit trafficking of RN materials. As an expert in that field he has been consulted by the IAEA Division of Nuclear Security. He has also had the chance to discuss illicit trafficking trends at meetings arranged by Europol and Interpol. In the last decade he has become more and more involved in nuclear forensic research at the national and European level as well as in bilateral projects with other Nations.


Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), Sweden
Open Source RN Intelligence Collection and Threat Prediction
12:05 – 12:25
Mr. Shahzeb Ali RathoreMr. Shahzeb Ali Rathore is a Research Analyst with the International Centre for Political Violence & Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), a constituent unit of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He was awarded the Terrorism Analyst Study Award by ICPVTR and has been working with them since July 2015. His research interests include terrorist landscape of Pakistan and other terrorism hotspots (such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria), cyber terrorism, CBRN threat and sectarian violence. Rathore is also the Associate Editor of the Counter Terrorist Trends and Analysis. While working with ICPVTR, he is doing his Masters from RSIS, majoring in Strategic Studies with a certification in Terrorism Studies.

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore
CBRN Threat from non-State and Terrorist Groups: How Real is the Threat?
12:25 – 12:45
Prof. Peter BlainProfessor Blain is a clinician working in acute medicine in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He is Professor of Environmental Medicine, Director of the Medical Toxicology Centre (a University Centre of Excellence) and Director of the NIHR funded Health Protection Research Unit in Chemical and Radiation Threats and Hazards at Newcastle University Medical School. He is also an Associate Director of the HPRU in Emergency Preparedness and Response at King’s College in London. Professor Blain has a specialist interest in Chemical, Biological, Radiation and Nuclear (CBRN) Medicine and related sciences. He is Clinical Consultant to the UK Defence Medical Services, and Specialist Agencies. He is currently chairman of the joint MOD and DH Advisory Group on Military and Emergency Response Medicine, and of the Advisory Group on Special Medical Countermeasures. He is a member (former chairman) of the Scientific Advisory Committee on the Medical Implications of Less-lethal Technologies.

Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Review of developments in candidate chemical incapacitants and challenges posed to the Chemical Weapons Convention
12:45 – 13:05
Prof. Peter BlainSpecial Agent James W. Peaco III graduated from US Naval Academy with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science and served in US Marine Corps as an officer. He joined the FBI in 1998 and his assignments included violent crimes/criminal enterprise squad that targeted street gangs in Los Angeles. SA Peaco also served as an operator on the FBI Los Angeles Special Weapons and tactics Team from 1999-2012.

SA Peaco was certified as a FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Coordinator in 2012 and is currently the FBI Los Angeles Division WMD Coordinator. He is responsible for WMD threat assessments, outreach and liaison programs that prevent and provide early detection against WMD terrorism, and preparedness for WMD terrorism and terrorism threats. SA Peaco also focuses on rapid threat assessments, interagency operations, and Radiological Nuclear Search Operations. He has also participated in several National Level Special Events and exercises and has provided WMD training to international partners in the Balkans, Africa and Asia.


Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States
Developing a productive relationship between Law Enforcement and the Scientific Community
13:05 - 14:15

Lunch

Location: Exhibition Hall in Orchid Ballroom

CBRN Hazard Modelling and Simulation (Session 1)

Location: Melati Room

14:15 – 14:45 PLENARY
Dr. Masamichi ChinoDr. Masamichi Chino is the Managing Director of Quantum Beam Science Directorate, National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology, Japan. He has 37 years of experience in atmospheric environment research. In particular, he dedicated his time in Japan Atomic Energy Agency till March 2016 to develop computer-based emergency response systems SPEEDI and WSPEEDI to predict in real-time the atmospheric dispersion and deposition of radionuclides discharged accidentally into the environment. SPEEDI and WSPEEDI have been used for Japanese government for domestic and overseas accidents. During the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident in 2011, he was involved in the activities of the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan and engaged in the estimation of atmospheric release amounts, dispersion and deposition of radionuclides by using SPEEDI and WSPEEDI. A series of papers on the reverse estimation of release amounts and atmospheric dispersion simulation are widely referred by not only many researches related to the Fukushima accident in the world but international organizations, e.g., UNSCEAR and IAEA.

National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology, Japan
Estimation of the atmospheric release of radionuclides during the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident
14:45 – 15:05
Dr. Niklas Brännström Dr. Niklas Brännström is the acting scientific lead for the dispersion modelling group at the Department for CBRN Defence and Security in Swedish Defence Research Agency, FOI. Dispersion modelling is an interdisciplinary field at the intersection of Meteorology, Physics, Geology and Mathematics. In the five years he has been with FOI, he has been involved in a variety of dispersion modelling research projects, but the more mathematically oriented topic of inverse dispersion modelling is closest to his heart.Dr. Brännström obtained his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Warwick, UK, with a thesis on chaotic Hamiltonian dynamical systems. Prior to joining FOI, he held several Post-Doc positions (Univ. of Warwick, Univ. of Helsinki, the Mittag-Leffler Institute) and was also involved in software development for Siemens.

Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), Sweden
Inverse dispersion modelling for urban environments
15:05 – 15:25
Mr. Richard FryMr. Richard Fry, Jr. is the science and technology manager for Hazard Prediction and Assessment at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Chemical/Biological Information and Analysis Division. He is also the current program manager for the Hazard Prediction and Assessment Capability (HPAC) and is responsible for managing the overall research and development program for the production of an operational atmospheric transport and dispersion modeling system that predicts hazards from chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological material releases. He helped start the HPAC program in 1993 and has been associated with its development in various capacities including managing the development of the urban modeling project, in which he directed two full-scale urban dispersion experiments in New York City in 2005. He has managed and participated in numerous field-testing activities, wargames, operational emergency response and military applications.

Defense Threat Reduction Agency, United States
DTRA Research of Indoor Dispersion Methods – Key to Protection in Urban Subsystem Models
15:25 - 16:30

Poster Session 1

Location: Exhibition Hall in Orchid Ballroom


CBRN Threat Prediction and Analysis

CBRN Hazard Modelling and Simulation

CBRN Protection, Decontamination and Remediation

Afternoon refreshments from 16:00 – 16:30


CBRN Hazard Modelling and Simulation (Session 2)

Location: Melati Room

16:30 – 17:00 PLENARY
Dr. Wu AiguoDr. Aiguo Wu leads the medical team for Defense Threat Reduction Agency Technical Reachback. In this role for 10 years, he directs a group of scientific subject matter experts who provide technical consultation and modeling support for combatant commands (COCOMs) and federal agencies. In 2014, he received the DTRA Civilian Service Award for significant contributions to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak response.Previously, he spent 7 years as vice-president for a biodefence company, leading research and development, with a focus on biological weapons and emerging infectious agents. In 2002, to expand and advance infectious disease research, he co-founded the National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases at George Mason University, where he remains an adjunctive professor. Dr. Wu holds doctorate degrees in experimental hematology and clinical medicine.

Defense Threat Reduction Agency, United States
Biothreat Agent Modeling: Principle and Practice
17:00 – 17:20
Assoc. Prof. Alex CookAlex R Cook is currently an Associate Professor at the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research (CIDER), Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore (NUS). He has been with NUS for 8 years. Alex obtained his PhD in Statistics at Heriot-Watt University, UK, looking at statistics and modelling of infectious diseases. Prior to joining NUS, Alex did his postdoc in Cambridge and Heriot-Watt Universities. His responsibilities in NUS include research, teaching and service. His expertise involves statistics, modelling and public health.

National University of Singapore, Singapore
Statistics and modelling of infectious disease transmission in a military setting
17:20 – 17:40
Dr. Tay Bee Kiat Dr. Tay Bee Kiat received his bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering from the National University of Singapore in 2000 and PhD (Atmospheric Sciences) from the University of Manchester in 2010. He is currently a Senior Member of Technical Staff at DSO National Laboratories, Singapore. His research interests include the modelling and characterisation of contaminant dispersion processes in the mesoscale and urban scale, with the aim of providing solutions to be leveraged on for real-life operations.

DSO National Laboratories, Singapore
Implications of winds uncertainty for dispersion modelling
17:40 – 18:00
Assoc. Prof. Lau Wai Mun RaymondDr. Raymond Lau is an associate professor in the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Ohio State University. He currently serves as the associate editor of Advanced Powder Technology by Elsevier Science. He has a wide research interests from various applications of multiphase flow processes in powder technology, pharmaceutical engineering and microalgae cultivation and processing.

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Spatial Prediction of Hourly Averaged Wind Speed and Direction in the East Coast of Singapore
18:30 - 20:30

NCT & SISPAT Party Sponsored by Bruker

Location: Ce La Vi @ Marina Bay Sands

CBRN Verification and Forensics (Session 1)

Location: Melati Room

08:30 – 09:00 PLENARY
Dr. Anders RingbomDr. Anders Ringbom is a Research Director in the field of nuclear verification techniques at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI). He is a technical advisor to the Swedish Government, and a Swedish representative in Working Group B at the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) in Vienna. He was the former manager for the Swedish National Data Center (NDC) for CTBT monitoring. He develops equipment, analysis techniques, and software for radioxenon detection used by CTBTO as well as by various national institutions. He is the developer of the noble gas system SAUNA used worldwide for monitoring nuclear tests.

Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), Sweden
Detection of atmospheric radioxenon as a tool to monitor nuclear explosions and other activities involving nuclear fission
09:00 – 09:20
Ms. Diane TiongMs. Diane Tiong is a final year PhD student from Nanyang Technological University working on Inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) in Uranium analysis. She graduated from Nanyang Technological University in Chemistry from School of physical and mathematical sciences (B.Sc and M.S.c). Her M.S.c work focused on ambient airborne particulate matter and precipitation monitoring in Singapore using ICP-MS, while her B.S.c final year project was based on organic chemistry focusing on green chemistry methodology.

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Analysis of enriched uranium by a quadrupole Inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-Q-MS) without clean room facilities: How good is this?
09:20 – 09:40
Dr. James RichesDr. James Riches is a Technical Expert in Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), United Kingdom. He studied Chemistry at Brunel University (BSc) and The University of Birmingham (PhD) where he studied engine deposits and emissions using mass spectrometry. He joined Dstl’s predecessor organisation in 1994 and worked on monitoring submarine atmospheres with chemical sensors and chromatographic techniques and fire science (detection and suppression). He moved to Dstl Porton Down in 2001 and worked on the analysis of chemical warfare agents and their environmental and biological transformation products. He was the Team Leader of Analytical Chemistry (2008-2011) and Leader of the UK’s OPCW Designated Laboratory (2006-2013). More recently he has focused on attribution science particularly with respect to emerging threat chemicals. James has been awarded three Ministry of Defence Commendations for chemical analysis that has supported operations.

Defence Science & Technology Laboratory, United Kingdom
Source Attribution of Fentanyl through Impurity and Stable Isotope and Trace Element Profiling
09:40 – 10:00
Dr. Petrus Hemström Dr. Hemström is a senior scientist at the Division for CBRN Defence and Security at the Swedish Defence Research Agency, FOI. Dr. Hemström has a PhD in analytical chemistry from Umeå University (with secondment at UC Berkeley) focusing on stationary phase development for Hydrophilic Interaction Chromatography (HILIC). During his PhD and later while working for HILIC pioneering start-up SeQuant AB he is an established proponent of HILIC by co-authoring a very extensively sited review article in 2006.

After joining FOI in 2014 Dr. Hemström has worked on numerous projects but the main focus has been on High Resolution Mass Spectrometry-Liquid Chromatography for verification analysis of chemical warfare agents, related chemicals and their biomarkers. A recent interest is lipid analysis, much of his effort has been focused on implementation of nano-LC/HRMS and “lipidomic” work-flows for finding biomarkers of chlorine gas exposure, an area that has experienced large attention in the scientific area due to the ongoing conflict in Syria.


Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), Sweden
L-α-phosphatidylglycerol chlorohydrins as biomarkers for chlorine gas exposure
10:00 - 11:00

Poster Session 2A

Location: Exhibition Hall in Orchid Ballroom


CBRN Verification and Forensics

Morning refreshments from 10:15 – 11:00


CBRN Verification and Forensics (Session 2)

Location: Melati Room

11:00 – 11:30 PLENARY
Dr. Cédric InvernizziDr. Cédric Invernizzi is the Head of Arms Control Biology and Deputy Head of Biology Division, Spiez Laboratory, Federal Office of Civil Protection, Federal Department of Defence Civil Protection and Sports, Switzerland. He joined Spiez Laboratory in 2009 and is concerned with arms control issues related to biological weapons and dual use. He supports the Swiss delegations to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention and the Australia Group with technical expertise, including monitoring of relevant developments in science & technology, such as the convergence of biology and chemistry. He is concerned with national contributions geared towards enhancing the operationalization of the designated laboratories of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Mechanism for Investigations of Alleged Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons. He is quality management representative of the testing laboratory for the detection of biological agents that is accredited by the Swiss Accreditation Service.Cédric graduated with an M.Sc. in chemistry and completed his Ph.D. studies in biochemistry at the University of Bern. In 2004, he pursued research in virology, immunology and epidemiology at McGill University in Montréal, Canada.

Spiez Laboratory, Switzerland
Analytical Laboratories in Biological Investigations: How to Ensure Scientific and Political Acceptance?
11:30 – 11:50
Col. (Dr.) Eric ValadeCol. Dr. Eric Valade is currently head of the department of transmissible agents as well as head of the unit of bacteriology at the Armed Forces Biomedical Research Institute. His areas of expertise covers Bacteriology (including high pathogenic bacteria, multi drug resistance and virulence), Biosafety and biosecurity, Virology, as well as Medical countermeasures. Dr. Valade also heads the French National Reference Centres for anthrax, melioidosis and glanders. In addition, he serves as advisor to the Surgeon General of the French Military Health Service in the area of biomedical defence against biological risk. Dr. Valade is also deputy head of the first mixed unit research of the ministry of defense as well as referent of biosecurity for the French Ebola crisis response.

Armed Forces Biomedical Research Institute (IRBA), France
Lessons learned from the experience of the French military EBOV laboratories
11:50 – 12:10
Ms. Vidhya NovemMs. Vidhya Novem is currently a Senior Member of Technical Staff at the Chemical, Toxin, Radiological, and Nuclear (CTRN) Program in DSO National Laboratories, and is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the Toxin Verification capability since 2014. During her research stint in DSO National Laboratories in the early years (2003-2010), Vidhya worked in multiple research areas including protein toxin characterization and the enhancement of host innate immunity for medical protection. Between 2010 and 2014, Vidhya was seconded to the Future Systems and Technology Directorate (FSTD), at Ministry of Defence, Singapore. At FSTD, she was the Programme Manager overseeing the Bio, Chem and Radiological R&T portfolio.

DSO National Laboratories, Singapore
Development of a Workflow for Verification of Toxins in Food
12:10 – 12:30
Dr. Simon OvendenDr. Simon Ovenden joined DST Group in May 2006 as a Defence Scientist within what is now known as the Agent Chemistry & Verification Team. With extensive experience in mass spectrometry and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, he applies these skills across a multitude of different research programs. In particular, he has focussed on the determination of the attribution of ricin in addition to OPCW Proficiency Tests and general analytical chemistry method development. Most recently Dr. Ovenden was awarded a Chief Defence Scientist Fellowship where he is studying the human metabolome to gain a better understanding of the biochemical pathways involved in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Defence Science & Technology Group, Australia
Studying the metabolome of Ricinus communis for attribution
12:45 - 14:00

Lunch

Location: Exhibition Hall in Orchid Ballroom

CBRN Protection, Decontamination and Remediation (Session 1)

Location: Melati Room


14:00 – 14:30 PLENARY
Dr. Sanjiv R. ShahDr. Sanjiv Shah is a microbiologist with National Homeland Security Research Center, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He is leading research on biothreat detection from environmental and water samples. Since 1998, he has been actively contributing to the biodefense research, especially, in the development of analytical methods, and development, and test and evaluation of biosensors technologies for rapid, specific, sensitive, and high-throughput detection of biothreat agents. He is a member of many interagency biodefense/homeland security expert panels, committees, and work groups. He has biodefense research collaborations with CDC, and National Laboratories.He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Microbiology. While working for industries and premier research institutions such as the NIH, University of Maryland Medical School, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center of the U.S. Army, and the U.S. EPA-NHSRC, he has enriched his basic and applied research experience in molecular biology, molecular neurobiology, antibiotic fermentation technology, and biodefense. He has published his research in several international journals and reports.

Environmental Protection Agency, United States
Current Perspectives on the Environmental Remediation and Recovery Following a Bioterrorism Incident
14:30 – 14:50
Mr. Joseph WoodMr. Joseph Wood is a senior research engineer with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Homeland Security Research Center. He has been with the US EPA since 1991, and has been leading research in the NHSRC’s Decontamination and Consequence Management Division since 2004. His current research focuses primarily on the development, testing and evaluation of technologies for the decontamination of materials contaminated with biological agents. He is the primary author or co-author for over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 60 US EPA published reports. He holds a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), and is a licensed professional engineer. He is the recipient of numerous EPA awards, is Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Certified, and is a member of the American Society of Microbiology.

Environmental Protection Agency, United States
Effective Decontamination Using Low Levels of Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor for Bacillus anthracis Spore Inactivation
14:50 – 15:10
Dr. Vipin RastogiDr. Vipin Rastogi is working as a Senior Research Biologist with the US Army-ECBC at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, in Maryland, USA. ECBC is a premier Chemical-Biological Defense research center, serving the war-fighter by providing with innovative solutions to the challenges faced in the event of exposure to CB threat materials. By training, Dr. Rastogi is a molecular microbiologist/biochemist with over 20 years of experience in CB Defence research. Dr. Rastogi is responsible for leading CB Defence research programs specifically in the areas of CB Detection and Decontamination. Dr. Rastogi holds over ten patents and has authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Rastogi is also regarded as a subject-matter expert in the areas of BW sampling, BW decontamination, wide-are decontamination, and characterization of pathogenic strains of highly infectious BW agents.

U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, United States
Disinfection Efficacy of COTS against Ebola Virus and Possible Surrogate
15:30 - 16:15

Poster Session 2B

Location: Exhibition Hall in Orchid Ballroom


CBRN Verification and Forensics

Afternoon refreshments from 15:45 – 16:15


CBRN Protection, Decontamination and Remediation (Session 2)

Location: Orchid Junior Room

16:15 – 16:45 PLENARY
Dr. Hiroshi KurikamiDr. Hiroshi Kurikami received the Ph.D degree in civil engineering from Kyoto University, Japan, in 2003. He joined the department of geological isolation R&D in Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) in 2003 and was engaged in field investigations and modeling studies on groundwater flow system for safety assessment. Immediately after the accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station in March 2011, he moved to the headquarters of Fukushima Partnership Operations that was newly established in JAEA and initiated researches for decontamination and radionuclide migration in environment.His talk is about the JAEA’s activities for environmental restoration against the Fukushima accident.

Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Japan
JAEA Activities for Environmental Restoration in Fukushima
16:45 – 17:05
Dr. George WagnerGeorge W. Wagner, PhD, is a Research Chemist at U.S. Army’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, CBR Filtration Branch. Dr. Wagner began his career at ECBC as a National Research Council Research Associate in 1990 and has been working at ECBC ever since. He has been involved in the invention and development of solid-sorbent (M100, M295), liquid (Decon Green), and gaseous (mVHP) decontaminants for chemical warfare agents. Dr. Wagner continues working in the area of decontamination and filtration and is currently involved in developing improved reactive sorbents and filtration media, protective clothing, and personnel/skin decontaminants.

U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, United States
Making a Chemical Warfare Agent Reactive Fabric: NMR Studies with VX and 2-Chloroethyl Ethylsulfide
17:05 – 17:25
Ms. Karola HagnerMs. Karola Hagner works at the Bundeswehr Research Institute for Protective Technologies – NBC-Protection (WIS) in Munster, Germany since 1995. WIS is a research institution of the German Department of Defense, its work focusses on the protection against Weapons of Mass Destruction and their impacting components and furthermore, fire protection engineering, protection against strong electromagnetic fields and water purification. She is a senior executive in the department of Individual and Collective Protection and responsible for individual protective equipment (IPE). She is a telecommunications engineer and has an additional bachelor degree in military administration. She has worked in several stages of different IPE projects including project management, procurement and research. Her main research projects deal with future IPE solutions, especially with the optimization of the protective features and the reduction of the physiological strain for the wearer.

Bundeswehr Research Institute for Protective Technologies and NBC Protection (WIS), Germany
Innovations for Individual Protective Equipment
17:25 – 17:45
Mr. Benoit ChandesrisMr. Benoit Chandesris graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, France, in 2012 and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge, UK. He joined the French Procurement Agency in 2014 and became head of the CBRN Protection Department of DGA CBRN Defence. Since then, he has been working on a roadmap to redefine tests & evaluations in Protection. The confidence in tests results is crucial; hence the involvement of FRA in round robin of CBRN tests performed in different laboratories all over the world.

French Defence Technology and Procurement Agency (DGA), France
Towards standards in T&E to increase the confidence in CBRN testing of IPE

CBRN Diagnostic and Surveillance (Session 1)

Location: Melati Room

 

08:30 – 09:00 PLENARY
Prof. Vijay K. SinghDr. Vijay K. Singh is currently a tenured Professor at F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, and a Principal Investigator at Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. He is a well-recognized scientist in the area of Radiation Biology and serves as subject matter expert. His research interests have focused on the development of radiation countermeasures, understanding the mechanism of radiation injury, and identification of biomarkers for radiation injury and countermeasure’s efficacy. He is at above university for last 15 years. He has made significant contributions for developing several promising radiation countermeasures for acute radiation syndrome. He has published 133 peer reviewed research articles in high journals, 20 book chapters, and more than 215 abstracts. He is well-funded by various funding agencies of US Department of Defense and Health and Human Services. He has over 20 million $ projects over next four years.

Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, United States
Use of biomarkers for assessing radiation injury and efficacy of countermeasures
09:00 – 09:20
Prof. François TrompierProf. François Trompier is currently working as a research engineer and expert in the field of external dosimetry for the French Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety. He is a well-recognized scientist in the area of Ionizing Radiation Dosimetry and serves as subject matter expert.

He was involved in the management of victims of radiological accidents for different institution (IAEA, French Nuclear Safety Authority, REACTS…) and has performed tens of expertise on dose reconstruction or estimation for those cases. Over the last ten years, his research interests have focused on the developments on new techniques or approaches for accident dosimetry, especially for large-scale radiological accident.


Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), France
Capacity and Possibility of Accident Dosimetry Techniques for the Management of Large Scale Radiological or Nuclear Accidents
09:20 – 09:40
Dr. Bob TerbrueggenBob Terbrueggen, Ph.D., is the Founder and CEO of DxTerity Diagnostics, a molecular diagnostics company based in Los Angeles, California, USA. DxTerity specializes in the development of low cost, high throughput genomic tests. In September 2016, DxTerity was awarded a multi-year, $150 million contract by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, for the Advanced Development and Delivery of its REDI-Dx® High Throughput Radiation Biodosimetry Test.Prior to founding DxTerity, Bob was Director of Research and Development for Clinical Micro Sensors (CMS) and Motorola Life Sciences. Bob received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), and his BS in Chemistry and Molecular Biology for the University of Michigan. Bob is an inventor on 20 approved U.S. patents and more than 20 pending applications.

DxTerity Diagnostics Inc., United States
Development and Performance of a Gene Expression based High Throughput Biodosimetry Test System
09:40 – 10:00
Dr. Loke Weng KeongDr. Loke Weng Keong received his graduate training in both Chemistry and Pharmacology at the National University of Singapore. He spent his last 22 years in defence research with DSO National Laboratories and is recognised as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. He is currently serving as the Programme Director for a bunch of wonderful folks researching on technological solutions to counter Chemical, Toxins, Radiological and Nuclear threats. He is actively involved in a number of national committees that includes the Advisory Committee to the National Environmental Agency on Radiation Protection and Nuclear Science, Operational Civil Emergency Joint Planning Staffing of the Singapore Civil Defence Force and the Toxicology Advisory Team advising the Ministry of Health, Singapore. He is the co-editor for 1 book and co-author for 3 patents, 3 book chapters, 30 journal papers and 47 conference papers.

DSO National Laboratories, Singapore
Scentmate Kit for Differentiating Asymptomatic Nerve Agent Casualties from Worried Well Masses
10:00 - 11:00

Poster Session 3A

Location: Exhibition Hall in Orchid Ballroom


CBRN Diagnostic & Medical Countermeasures

Morning refreshments from 10:15 – 11:00


CBRN Diagnostic and Surveillance (Session 2)

Location: Melati Room

 

11:00 – 11:30 PLENARY
Dr. Fabian LeendertzDr. Fabian Leendertz is the Head of research unit “Epidemiology of Highly Pathogenic Microorganisms” at the Robert Koch-Institute Berlin, Germany. He is a veterinarian by training and is specialized on zoonotic diseases. Since 16 years, his main focus are pathogens transmitted between wild non-human primates (especially great apes) and humans. In addition he is investigating the role of rodents and bats as reservoirs for hemorrhagic fever viruses. His approach is multidisciplinary with close collaborations with ecologists, primatologists and medical doctors. All research activities are performed in close collaboration with long term partners from Central and West Africa. Most projects are strongly driven by the One Health concept which embraces human and animal health as well as environmental factors. His work on emerging diseases, including the newly described Bacillus cereus biovar anthracis, has been widely covered by the press.

Robert Koch Institute, Germany
Bacillus cereus biovar anthracis, a member of the B. cereus family causing severe anthrax in western and central Africa
11:30 – 11:50
Dr. Chow Weien Colonel (Dr) Chow Weien was enlisted into the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in 1997. He has a Masters of Medicine (Internal Medicine) and is a SAF Cardiologist.He served several key appointments in the SAF, which included Head Medical Doctrine & Training Branch, Head Naval Medical Operations Centre and Acting Commander Military Medicine Institute (MMI). As Commander MMI, he oversaw the operation of the SAF Medical Centres and pandemic preparedness plans.

COL(Dr) Chow is currently the Chief Naval Medical Officer (CNMO) and concurrent Commander Force Medical Protection Command (FMPC). As Commander FMPC, he oversees the operation of the SAF Biodefence Centre (BDFC). BDFC is in charge of developing and implementing the biodefence framework as well as providing comprehensive surveillance and response to infectious diseases in the SAF. Under his command also includes the Medical Response Force (MRF), which provides the medical response to CBRE threats.


Singapore Armed Forces, Singapore
Singapore Armed Forces Model of Integrated Biosurveillance through Strategic Partnership
11:50 – 12:10
Dr. Ayi Teck ChoonDr. Ayi Teck Choon did his graduate study at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, NUS, and his post-doctoral fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. He is currently employed in DSO National Laboratories as a Principal Member of Technical Staff, a role he has held since 2012. His interests lay in the development of molecular assays, microfluidic and biosensors to detect pathogens of military and public interests. He has several international publications and patents in the domains of cancer research, materials, virology and biomicrofluidics from his fruitful collaborations with other scientists and engineers from local universities.

DSO National Laboratories, Singapore
Simplifying the diagnostic workflow through direct qPCR
12:10 – 12:30
Dr. Sarah Goodchild Dr. Sarah Goodchild is a Principal Scientist at the Defence science and technology laboratory (Dstl), the Ministry of defence’s research establishment at Porton Down in the UK. She graduated with a PhD in molecular biology in 2004 and has extensive expertise in reagent development using in vitro selection tools in addition to exploitation of these reagents in novel diagnostic sensor platforms. She also has extended interests in to the utility of human generated signals (at the physical and molecular level) for early warning and reporting of exposure to hazardous materials. Dr. Goodchild is responsible for leadership of the technical delivery of the Diagnostics research programme at Dstl within her role as Project Technical Authority, which includes leading teams investigating the utility of novel assays for diagnosis of exposure of individuals to agents of interest to the UK armed forces.

Defence Science & Technology Laboratory, United Kingdom
Assessment of DSO immunoassay for direct detection of toxin in an in vivo ricin exposure model
12:45 - 14:00

Lunch

Location: Exhibition Hall in Orchid Ballroom

Biologics Based Therapeutics (Session 1)

Location: Melati Room

14:00 – 14:30 PLENARY
Prof. Philip A. BandDr. Band is the Research Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Biochemistry, and Molecular Pharmacology in the NYU School of Medicine. He is widely acknowledged as an expert on osteoarthritis, the extracellular matrix, hyaluronan, synovial fluid and intra-articular injection therapies. Dr Band founded and directed the Clinical Research Center at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, and was a co-founder of the Joint Preservation and Arthritis Center. Dr. Band is also the Chief Executive Officer of CytoDel LLC, a biopharmaceutical company spun out of technology he co-developed at NYU. CytoDel has engineered recombinant derivatives of botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) to create therapeutic fusion proteins, designed to deliver single chain antibodies to the inside of neurons. CytoDel’s lead product, Cyto-111, is a countermeasure against weaponized BoNT, which uses a single chain antibody to inactivate BoNT that has entered neurons. Cyto-111 is the first drug ever to reverse symptoms of botulism in animals.

New York University School of Medicine, United States
Post-Exposure Rescue of Botulinum-intoxicated Mice by a Potent VHH Antibody Delivered via an Engineered Recombinant Vehicle
14:30 – 14:50
A/Prof. Zbynek ProkopDr. Zbynek Prokop is associate professor at Masaryk University, Czech Republic. He leads research group engaged in protein engineering and biotechnology development. He obtained Ph.D. and associate professor appointment in environmental chemistry from Masaryk University in 2001 and 2011, respectively. He extended his expertise during research stays at University of Cambridge, ETH Zurich, University of Groningen and University of Ghent. He received Werner von Siemens Award for Excellence in Innovation, Alfred Bader Prize for Bioorganic Chemistry, National Prize for Biochemistry and Excellence in Innovation Award. He is co-author of more than 60 scientific publications, four book chapters and five international patents in the field of protein engineering and industrial enzymology. He is co-founder of National Center for Biocatalysis and Biotransformations, of Enantis Ltd., a biotechnology spin-out company, and sits on the Advisory Board of Centre for Technology Transfer at Masaryk University.

Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Enzymes for Detection and Detoxification of Chemical Warfare Agents
14:50 – 15:10
Col.(Dr.) Franz WorekColonel (MC) Dr. Franz Worek is deputy head of the Bundeswehr Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Munich, Germany and adjunct professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany. His research areas during the past 25 years were all aspects of medical defence against chemical warfare agents with focus on nerve agents.

Bundeswehr Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Germany
Catalytic bioscavengers against nerve agents: Golden bullet or dead end?
15:10 - 16:15

Poster Session 3B

Location: Exhibition Hall in Orchid Ballroom


CBRN Diagnostic & Medical Countermeasures

Afternoon refreshments from 15:45 – 16:15


Biologics Based Therapeutics (Session 2)

Location: Melati Room

16:15 – 16:45 PLENARY
Assoc. Prof. Matthew ChangMatthew Chang is Associate Professor in Biochemistry at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and Program Director of NUS Synthetic Biology for Clinical and Technological Innovation (SynCTI). His research interests lie in the development of biological systems that perform programmable functions. His work has received international recognition and is featured in leading media agencies worldwide. He has been honored with the Scientific and Technological Achievement Award from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He serves as an editor for Biotechnology for Biofuels, IET Synthetic Biology, Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, and Critical Reviews in Microbiology, and as an editorial board member for Biotechnology Journal and ACS Synthetic Biology. He serves on the international advisory panel of the Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL), an open standard designed to facilitate the exchange and storage of genetic designs.

National University of Singapore, Singapore
Reprogramming biological functionalities for autonomous cell factories and therapeutics
16:45 – 17:05
Assoc. Prof. Brendon HansonDr. Brendon Hanson is a Biochemist by training and completed his PhD at La Trobe University in 1998 under the supervision of Prof Nick Hoogenraad studying the mechanism of protein trafficking into mitochondria. Dr. Hanson then came to Singapore with the plan to do a 3 year postdoc at IMCB and spent the next 6 years in the laboratory of Prof Hong Wanjin, once again studying trafficking but this time focusing on the endosome and the role sorting nexins play in this process. Having used antibodies as tools for his research from the beginning, it was only a short leap to make antibodies his main focus and in 2004, Dr. Hanson joined DSO National Laboratories to look at using recombinant antibody technologies to develop detection reagents. Shortly afterward, his focus shifted to therapeutic antibodies, and the selection of antibodies which could be used to treat pandemic influenza. In 2009, the Bio-Defence Therapeutics Lab was established where the focus is to develop technologies to allow rapid antibody development against emerging infectious diseases.

DSO National Laboratories, Singapore
iMab – Rapid therapeutic antibody for deployment during emerging bio-threat outbreaks
17:05 – 17:25
Dr. David TrudilDr. David Trudil is a founding member of the International Phage Research Center, a non for profit under MOA, in Nanjing, China and a Senior Advisor of the Eliava Institute of Bacteriophage in Georgia. A former US Army Chemical Officer, he also worked for Pfizer Inc, Becton Dickinson and consulted for the Battelle Memorial Institute.

Dave has over 35 years of experience with infectious diseases and Bio Defense. He has authored several issued and pending patents on the use of Phage Associated Enzyme and is included in over 30 other patents and over 50 articles related to phage lytic enzymes. His current projects also include humanized MAB and phage therapies as well as novel biocontrol control methods.

Dave attended the University of Wyoming, and earned his graduate degrees from St. John’s University in New York with further doctoral training at the Military Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Poland.


International Phage Research Center, China
Use of Bacteriophage and lytic enzymes for the treatment and prevention of Anthrax and other bacterial infections
17:25 - 17:45

Joint Closing

Location: Melati Room

17:25 – 17:45 JOINT CLOSING ADDRESS
Dr. Loke Weng Keong & Drs. Ilja M. Bonsen

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