The National Conversation on the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) leveraged your ideas on training and professional development, innovative incentives for research products to become commercially available, and coordination of operations among all relevant stakeholders in the bio/agro community. Now is your chance to submit these and other ideas in an NBAF prize competition! The NBAF Think and Do Challenge ...more »
Open Ideation Forum
National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF):
How do we achieve innovation in bio/agro security?
The NBAF site is located in proximity to the largest concentration of animal health companies in the world. The DHS vision for NBAF is to establish a 21st Century laboratory facility that enables and is supported by system-level capabilities that will materially enhance public/private sector cooperation and collaboration; leverage stakeholder knowledge and capabilities; accelerate the transition of technologies and products into the marketplace; and enable innovation, skilled training, and talent development. To realize our vision for NBAF, we need your help.
Take a few minutes to provide your feedback on the questions below or pose your own questions related to NBAF and innovation in bio/agro security.
1. As a stakeholder concerned with bio/agro security, what are your ideas on how NBAF can be leveraged to help advance foreign animal disease research?
2. What are the workforce needs across government and the private sector that you can identify as essential to address current and emergent foreign animal disease threats?
3. What are your ideas on how can we leverage NBAF along with regional assets and capabilities to provide One Health solutions?
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR IDEAS!
To post your ideas, just click the “Submit New Idea” button at the top of the screen (on the right!).
NBAF's capabilities in and capacity for research on foreign animal diseases and emerging and zoonotic diseases requiring high levels of biocontainment will fulfill a gap and enable research that cannot currently occur in the U.S. However, the challenge after completing research will be in creating markets so that research products can be manufactured and available commercially. How can markets be created? How can investment ...more »
“…The DHS vision for NBAF is to establish a 21st Century laboratory facility that enables and is supported by system-level capabilities that will materially enhance public/private sector cooperation and collaboration; leverage stakeholder knowledge and capabilities; accelerate the transition of technologies and products into the marketplace; and enable innovation, skilled training, and talent development….” In looking ...more »
As discussed in the forum, we are soliciting ideas and input for how to best utilize the BDM or the pilot vaccine module. The challenge is how we incentivize the use of the BDM by industry and what model would benefit our stakeholders.
The greatest perceived threat making the media rounds for this facility is the concern of a break-in for the purpose of stealing the bio-hazardous material, thereby making this a life-threatening enterprise. Unless the physical security is properly dealt with, I see this venture as highly unlikely to receive any support. Of course, any thought of installing an expensive or complex security system will also diminish ...more »
Do we not have multiple facilities currently operated by USDA/APHIS, Do we need another one?
As NBAF considers its ability to interact with stakeholders, it will be much easier to appear as a single entity rather than multiple federal agencies. Look to the Department of Labor for an effective model to accomplish this challenge - specifically local workforce investment boards. They administer multiple federal programs supporting workforce development, yet appear as a single solution provider to business partners. ...more »
Given the complexity of training required for a workforce to not only support a laboratory but the workforce in general for the Bio-Ag community, how do we come together as a community to document our requirements and unify our training.