Conference Day I
The Conference began with the opening remarks from NCT chairman BG (ret.) William King, along with Mr. Ilja Bonsen and Ms. Anna Paternnosto from the CBRNe Society. Following the opening remarks, our distinguished speakers have delivered presentations on the topic of ‘National CWMD Strategies and Implementation.’ Mr. Douglas Bryce from JPEO-CBRND gave an overview of JPEO-CBRND’s Mission and Response to COVID-19. Then Dr. Ron Hann from DTRA discussed about Science and Technology to enhance the response to the crisis. The session was concluded by Dr. Eric Moore from US Army. He talked about CCDC CBC’s chemical and biological expertise to support the nation in the COVID-19 crisis.
During the networking break, The Networking Lounge in the online environment provided attendees with an amazing opportunity to get together through multiple public chats. Attendees interacted with one another on the topics of Medical Countermeasures and Decontamination, Detection and Identification, PPE, and other CBRNe related topics.
After the break, the second session took place on one of the most pressing topics. Our speakers talked about interagency cooperation and coordination with regard to COVID-19. The first speaker of the session Dr. Christian Hassell from HHS, presented the HHS’s Response to COVID-19 and Interagency cooperation. Following Dr. Christian Hassell’s presentation, Mr. Edward P. Argenta from DTRA talked about Monitoring Integrated Digital Non-Invasive Threat Exposure Portfolio. Then, COL Ryan Eckmeier from JPEO-CBRND gave a presentation on the topic of "Responding to CBRN Threats, Responding Requires Strategic Partnerships".The session closed with the expert insights of COL E. Darrin Cox from the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases who talked about COVID-19 Research and Partnerships.
The fruitful first conference day finished with the Innovation Lounge, where Industry exhibitors and government representatives had the opportunity to discuss R&D projects and potential future contracting opportunities. Exhibiting companies were listed under specific categories based on the type of offered solution. Government Project Managers and R&D professionals were able to engage in a conversation by simply requesting a video chat with selected companies.