Keno G-SEC Biosecurity Workshops

The project team at Keio G-SEC has made efforts to transmit the gathered information to stakeholders so as to share new insights or R&D into countermeasures in order to improve the security and safety of Japanese society. Moreover, Keio G-SEC provides a platform whereby policy makers, scientists, and other stakeholders can discuss the issues surrounding R&D into biodefense and biosecurity. The Keio G-SEC Biosecurity Workshop aims to provide a place to identify problems and to solve them by interdisciplinary efforts in areas of biosecurity. This has finally resulted in a contribution to the establishment of a broad network among experts. The topics we have covered are:

  • Biosecurity risk assessments and development of medical countermeasures
  • R&D activities in environmental detection and syndromic surveillance
  • Civilian protection law and bioterrorism
  • Regulations in the transportation of select agents.
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International Workshop on biological and chemical defense 1
CBRN medical preparedness in Japan – a Review of APEC JAPAN 2010–

Japan has improved CBRN terrorism preparedness through processes of preparing for several national events. This workshop will review medical emergency preparedness, especially for encountering CBRN terrorism, for APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Japan 2010 held in last November in Yokohama City by identifying respective roles of governmental and non-governmental agencies and the information sharing scheme among them. The goal of this workshop is to share experiences and challenges with national and international stakeholders to formulate better preparedness and partnerships for CBRN terrorism in the future.

  • Date and Hour
    • Wednesday, 26th January, 2011
    • 13:00~17:30
    • Registration 12:30~
  • Coordinator
    • Tomoya Saito, MD, MPH, PhD
    • Project Manager/Research Fellow, Keio University Global Security Research Institute
  • Hosted by
    • Project for a Safe and Secure Society in Keio University Global Security Research Institute (Project Director: Professor Tsutomu Takeuchi/ Vice President, Keio University Global Security Research Institute) funded by the Office of Science and Technology for a Safe and Secure Society, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan
  • Language
    • Simultaneous translation provided (Japanese/English)
  • Agenda
    • “Overview of Medical Emergency Preparedness for National Events”
      • Prof. Shingo Hori (School of Medicine, Keio University)
    • “The role of Japan Poison Information Center (JPIC)”
      • Prof. Takeshi Shimazu (Osaka University Graduate School)
    • “The role of Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT)”
      • Dr. Mitsunobu Nakamura (Maebashi Red Cross Hospital)
    • “The role of the local hospital”
      • Dr. Hiroshi Yuasa (Keiyu Hospital)
    • “The role of the Fire Defense & Emergency Medical Services”
      • Mr. Shigeo Sato (City of Yokohama)
    • “The role of local government”
      • Mr. Hiroyuki Yamada (City of Yokohama)
    • “The role of syndromic surveillance”
      • Dr. Yasushi Ohkusa (Natioanl Institute of Infectios Disease)
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International Workshop on biological and chemical defense 2
CBRN decontamination: Current Strategy and Future perspective

The Project for Science and Technology for a Safe and Secure Society in Keio G-SEC has focused on CBRN decontamination as a primary agenda for FY2010. Decontamination is a crucial operational procedure for saving lives, mitigating damage and early recovery after a CBRN terrorism attack. For this reason, research and development (R&D) on products, procedures and systems for decontamination have been broadly undertaken throughout the world. We already held 2 seminars on decontamination of both human and environment inviting national experts. This workshop introduces international perspective of CBRN decontamination and aims to share updated knowledge and challenges and extract needs for future R&D. In the 1st session, perspectives and challenges in R&D for CBRN decontamination in the world will be overviewed. In the following session, civilian decontamination strategy in UK and Japan will be compared and discussed with experts from Health Protection Agency in UK and from Japan.

  • Date and Hour
    • Thursday, 27th January, 2011
    • 10:00~17:00
    • Registration 9:30~
  • Coordinator
    • Tomoya Saito, MD, MPH, PhD
    • Project Manager/Research Fellow, Keio University Global Security Research Institute
  • Hosted by
    • Project for a Safe and Secure Society in Keio University Global Security Research Institute (Project Director: Professor Tsutomu Takeuchi/ Vice President, Keio University Global Security Research Institute) funded by the Office of Science and Technology for a Safe and Secure Society, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan
  • Language
    • Simultaneous translation provided (Japanese/English)
  • Agenda
    • Perspectives and Challenges in R&D for CBRN decontamination
    • “Decontamination: History and Perspectives (Tentative Title)”
      • Mr. Mitsuru Nakai (WESTERN LINK Ltd.)
    • “Overview of R&D actitivities for decontaminating CBRN agents”
      • Mr. Gwyn Winfield (CBRNe World)
    • “Strategies for decontaminating CBRN agent (1)”
      • Dr. Marcus Erbeldinger (FLIR CBRNE Detection)
    • “Strategies for decontaminating CBRN agent (2)”
      • Mr. Larry W. Sproat (Healthcare Protective Products Division, Bracco Diagnostics Inc./RSDecon)
    • Civilian aspect of CBRN decontamination in UK and Japan
    • “Experience of Inhalation Anthrax in the Community”
      • Dr. Robert C. Spencer (Health Protection Agency, UK)
    • “Overview and future perspectives of civilian decontamination”
      • Professor Nigel F. Lightfoot (Nigel Lightfoot Associates)
    • “Strategies of pre-hospital decontamination in Japan”
      • Professor Yasuhiro Ohtomo (Tokyo Medical and Dental University)
    • “ORCHIDS Project –An EU study for civilian mass casualty decontamination”
      • Professor Robert P Chilcott (Health Protection Agency, UK)
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8th/9th Keio G-SEC International Workshop on Biosecurity
10 February 2010@tokyo conference center Shinagawa 

  • Date & Title of the Event
    • Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
    • 8th Keio G-SEC International Workshop on Biosecurity
      • “R&D for Medical Countermeasures for Biodefense”
    • 9th Keio G-SEC International Workshop on Biosecurity
      • “R&D for Detection and Diagnosis of Biological Agents in US and Japan”
  • Concept of 8th and 9th Workshops
    • The Keio G-SEC Biosecurity Workshop is a place to identify problems in areas of biosecurity and to solve them by interdisciplinary efforts as well as to establish a broad network among experts. The 8th and 9th workshops focus on research and development (R&D) for countermeasures against bioterrorism.
    • The 8th workshop covers various aspects of the efforts and challenges in developing medical countermeasures for biodefense. The U.S. has spent billions of dollars annually for the development of medical countermeasures to prepare for biological attacks in the wake of 9/11, however several challenges have been identified. In this workshop, we will review R&D trends and those challenges inherent to developing medical countermeasures for biodefense, especially for drug companies and vaccine manufacturers in the U.S. and Japan. In addition, we will introduce the efforts made by the Alliance for Biosecurity, an alliance to promote a stronger and more effective partnership between the government and the biopharma industry, as a good model of supportive measures for R&D in developing countermeasures. Furthermore, the issues that are to be addressed by the government, industry, and academia for better R&D into countermeasures against bioterrorism will also be discussed.
    • The 9th workshop provides updated information on R&D into detection and diagnosis of biological agents in the U.S. and Japan. As part of biodefense programs following the “Amerithrax” attack, the U.S. has been promoting the development and operation of bio-agent monitoring systems in the Biowatch program. Meanwhile, the Japanese government have begun to develop detection technologies since 2007 in the MEXT Project on Science and Technology for a Safe and Secure Society. In this workshop, updated information on cutting-edge technologies and products available in the U.S. and Japan, as well as future directions for technological development and operations to improve biodefense in Japan, will be discussed.
  • Date
    • Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
  • Time
    • 8th international workshop on Biosecurity
      • “R&D for Medical Countermeasures for Biodefense”
      • 9:30-13:00
    • 9th international workshop on Biosecurity
      • “R&D for Detection and Diagnosis of Biological Agents in US and Japan”
      • 14:30-17:45
  • Venue
    • tokyo conference center Shinagawa Conference Room 406
      http://www.tokyo-cc.co.jp/eng/access.html
    • 1-9-36,Kohnan, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 108-0075 Japan
    • Both 8th and the 9th workshops will be held in the same venue
  • Language
    • Japanese/English (Simultaneous Translation provided)
  • Hosted by
    • Keio University G-SEC/MEXT Project on Science and Technology for a Safe and Secure Society
    • (Project Director: Tsutomu Takeuchi, Deputy Director, Keio G-SEC)
  • Coordinator
    • Tomoya Saito, MD, MPH, PhD
    • Research Fellow in Keio G-SEC
    • Instructor in the Department of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, School of Medicine, Keio University
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Agenda 10th February, 2010


8th Keio G-SEC International Workshop on Biosecurity 
“R&D for Medical Countermeasures for Biodefense”  

  • Moderator: Tomoya SAITO (the Department of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, School of Medicine, Keio University)
  • 9:30- Welcome
    • Keio G-SEC
  • 9:35- Opening Remarks
    • MEXT
  • 9:40- Capabilities for BSL Challenge Studies & Phage Nanobiotechnology
    • Battelle Memorial Institute Dr. David Trudil
  • 10:40- R&D for MCM in US and Japan : Smallpox vaccine
    • KAKETSUKEN/Keio G-SEC Mr. Hiroyuki YOKOTE
  • 11:40- Tea Break
  • 11:50- FDA’s Animal Rule and R&D for MCM in the United States The Role of the Alliance for Biosecurity
    • Alliance for Biosecurity
    • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP Senior Science Advisor Dr. Lee Mia Nagao
  • 12:50- Concluding Remarks

9th Keio G-SEC International Workshop on Biosecurity 
“R&D for Detection and Diagnosis of Biological Agents in US and Japan”  

  • Moderator: Jiro YASUDA ( National Research Institute of Police Science, Japan/Keio G-SEC )
  • 14:30- Welcome
    • Keio G-SEC
  • 14:35- Opening Remarks
    • MEXT
  • 14:40- R&D for Bio-detection systems in the Project for a Safe and Secure Society by MEXT, Japan
  • 14:40- R&D for Bio-detection systems? TOSHIBA’s approach
    • TOSHIBA
    • Dr. Kouji HASHIMOTO
  • 15:30- R&D for Bio-detection systems? Tamiya Lab’s approach
    • Osaka University
    • Prof. Eiichi TAMIYA
  • 16:20- Tea Break
  • 16:30- R&D for Biological Detection Systems in the United States
    • Battelle Memorial Institute
    • Dr. David Trudil
  • 17:20- Discussion
  • 17:45- Closing Remarks

7th Biosecurity Workshop
20th January 2010@Keio G-SEC Lab 
“Risk and Threat Assessment of CBRN Terrorism”


6th Biosecurity Workshop
“Transportaion of human, materials, and technologies and Anti-Bioterrorism:
Regulations for transportaion of pathogens in Japan”
20th February 2009@KKR Hotel Tokyo  

  • Program
    • Select Agents under Infectious Disaese Control Law
    • Transportaion of pathogens and related regulations
    • Export control of biological agents and related equipments: Australia Group’s efforts
    • Import control of pathogens under Domestic Animal Infections Control Law

5th Biosecurity Workshop
“Civil Protection Law and Bioterrorism Response”
19 December 2008@Keio G-SEC  

  • Program
    • Overview of the Civil Protection Law and TTX Experience for Bioterrorism Response
    • Basic Guidelines for Protection of the People and Ministry of Defense/Self Defense Forces
    • Infectious Disease Control Law and Civil Protection Law
    • Civil Protection Law and Local Governments::A Review of KFEX (Kitakyushu Functional Exercise)
    • Bioterrorism Preparedness in local governments

4th Biosecurity Workshop
“Medical Countermeasures Development for biodefense”
23 July 2008@Keio G-SEC  

  • Program
    • Overview of 1st US-Japan Biodefense Medical Biodefense Research and Bioterrorism Symposium: Towards 2nd Symposium
    • Session I: Risk Assessment of Pathogens
      • Risk Perception for pathogens in GHSAG countries
      • Overview and prospects of Synthetic Biology
    • Session II: Overview and future needs for Medical Countermeaures for Biodefense
      • Overview of R&D efforts for medical countermeasures in Japan
      • Clinical needs for medical countermeasures

3rd Biosecurity Workshop
“The role of Science &Technology as a deterrent against Bioterrorism”
18 January 2008 @Keio G-SEC  

  • Program
    • How do you recognize the onset of “bioterrorism”?
    • Update on on-site detection technology (B-terrorism)
    • Update on Syndromic Surveillance effort
    • Update on on-site detection technology (BC-terrorism)
    • Discussion
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2nd Biosecurity Workshop
“Issues on Bio-preparedness &Anti-bioterrorism R&D Efforts”
19-20 December 2007 @Keio University Mita Campus  

  • Program
    • Round-1: Bio-terror risk analysis and national preparedness review
    • Round-2: Strategic deployment of medicinal resources
    • Round-3: Ethical, legal framework for bio-preparedness – public health settings
    • Round-4: Human Resource Development-1
    • Round-5: Public awareness & community involvement measures
    • Round-6: Bio-preparedness in industries & social business community
    • Round-7: Impact mitigation: post-crisis restoration
    • Round-8: Case detection & criminal investigations
    • Round-9: Harmonization of diagnostic systems
    • Round-10: Potential research agenda: decontamination and protection
    • Round-11: R&D Technology transfer and implementation
    • Round-12: Human Resource Development-2: Biosafety & Biosecurity
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1st Biosecurity Workshop
“1st US-J Medical Biodefense Research and Bioterrorism Symposium Review Workshop”
19 September 2007 @Keio G-SEC Lab  

  • Program
    • Opening Remarks:What is going on in the MEXT-Projet: Research&Development towards Better Biopreparedness in Japan
    • Role and importance of MEXT Project on Science & Technology or a Safe and Secure Society towards our future research and development
    • Discussion summary and outcome review of the 1st Medical Biodefense Research & Bioterrorism Symposium
    • Situation review (1) – financial plan of R& D for counter- bioterrrorism in Japan
    • Situation Review (2) – Financial planning and multi-agency R&D collaboration for counter-bioterrorism coordinated with NIH in U.S.
    • Reference info: R&D framework at USAMRIID & HoME Project
    • Reports from symposium participants and issues learned for proposal of collaborative research agenda
      • Report and comments as participation from NIID
      • Report and comments as participation from Academia
      • Report and comments as participation from industries
    • Session (1) Practical, inter-disciplinary, public health perspectives
    • Session (2) Basic, life sciences
    • Designated presentation
    • Wrap-up discussion & summary of the Workshop outcome
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