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Bill Arndt, Ph.D.
Sandia National Laboratories’ International Biological and Chemical Threat Reduction Program
As recent years have shown, global health security will continue to be important in the future as the number of infectious disease outbreaks and terrorist incidents continue to increase. To respond to these future threats, novel solutions need to be deployed that focus on strengthening the international community’s ability to safely and securely diagnose infectious diseases and prevent the accidental and deliberate misuse of biological and chemical agents. The International Biological and Chemical Threat Reduction program at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL/IBCTR) strives to counter biological and chemical threats globally by deploying innovative solutions that promote the safe, secure, and responsible use of infectious agents and dangerous chemicals. Dr. Arndt will provide an overview of SNL/IBCTR’s activities in support of the United States Government’s Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) missions that focus on promoting laboratory best practices related to biosafety & biosecurity, chemical safety & chemical security, and laboratory design in limited-resource settings such as the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. The specific activities to be discussed include: conducting biological and chemical risk assessments, implementing sustainable risk mitigation measures, developing local biorisk management training capacities, development of a novel laboratory design strategy to support laboratory construction project, and the support SNL/IBCTR provided during the recent Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa. Additionally, Dr. Arndt will highlight some the lessons learned during these international capacity building activities and how they have impacted the design and development of novel diagnostic tools at Sandia National Laboratories.
Bill Arndt is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff in the International Biological and Chemical Threat Reduction program at Sandia National Laboratories. Bill earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Arizona State University. He has multiple publications in leading journals and has presented his work at national and international symposia. He has over 12 years of experience working in public and animal health diagnostic laboratories, research laboratories, and high containment laboratories. Presently, he serves as a subject matter expert in the areas of biosafety, biosecurity, molecular diagnostics, and laboratory design. He is responsible for initiatives to improve biorisk management practices in various countries including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Senegal, Cameroon, and Ethiopia. Furthermore, Bill has directed laboratory design projects, biorisk assessments, and the implementation of biorisk mitigation measures in over 20 countries located in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, Middle East and North Africa.