Alliance for Biosecurity Honors Congressman Ruppersberger with Biosecurity Champion Award
Gaithersburg, MD – The Alliance for Biosecurity presented Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) with the Congressional Biosecurity Champion Award this morning. The award recognizes the leadership and actions taken by Members of Congress to improve U.S. national security, preparedness, and response for biosecurity threats.
“Public-private partnerships allow government and industry to work together to ensure the country is prepared for potential biothreats,” said Chris Frech, senior vice president for global government affairs at Emergent BioSolutions and co-chair of the Alliance for Biosecurity. “Because the biosecurity industry does not have a natural commercial market for its products, it relies on predictable and consistent funding from the government. We greatly appreciate Congressman Ruppersberger’s pledge to make Americans safer by enhancing our national preparedness and response capabilities for biological threats.”
“Every day, our country faces new threats, from cybersecurity to biowarfare,” said Congressman Ruppersberger. “As an appropriator, I know how important consistent and dependable funding is for innovation, especially when it comes to our country’s national security. Maryland is a hub of biotech innovation, and I am glad we have innovative companies like Emergent BioSolutions, an Alliance for Biosecurity member, hard at work here to protect Americans from emerging threats both at home and abroad.”
In his role on the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Ruppersberger is committed to promoting increased support and funding for medical countermeasures through the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and the BioShield Special Reserve Fund.
The award presentation took place during the Congressman’s visit to Emergent BioSolutions' Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing. Established in 2012, the Center works through a partnership with BARDA to develop and manufacture medical countermeasures for public health emergencies. In keeping with the innovative nature of business members of the Alliance, the award is a unique one-of-a-kind design produced by a 3D printer.