Nuclear Threat Initiative: Biosecurity


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The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) is a global security organization focused on reducing nuclear and biological threats imperiling humanity. They work to create lasting, systemic change that prevents catastrophe – and help ensure that our lives and livelihoods, our environment, and our quality of life can thrive now and in the future.

NTI’s Biosecurity Program (NTI | bio) works to reduce global catastrophic biological risks through four key approaches:

  1. Reducing the risk that a sophisticated actor could misuse biotechnology to deliberately or accidentally cause catastrophic harm.
  2. Identifying and catalyzing urgent actions and new solutions to prevent, investigate, and rapidly respond to high-consequence biological events, including potential future events that are orders of magnitude more severe than the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Addressing the root causes of potential bioweapons development by powerful actors—including states and highly sophisticated non-state actors—and enhancing transparency among nations regarding dual use research risks; and.
  4. Enhancing political will among government and private sector leaders to take actions that reduce the risk of a high- consequence or globally catastrophic biological event.

NTI's unique impact model drives systemic change that creates a safer world by galvanizing large-scale institutional adoption of proven global security practices and programs. Their expert analysis shines a bright light on critical security gaps and generates actionable threat reduction solutions.

NTI works with presidents and prime ministers, scientists and technicians, experts and analysts. They collaborate with governments and organizations worldwide to raise awareness, advocate, and implement creative solutions to nuclear and biological risks. As an independent and trusted partner, they have been able to transcend traditional thinking and stimulate new ways to address urgent threats.