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Science Supporting Biosecurity and Pandemic Preparedness

Pandemics, natural or person-made, have the potential to cause significant, and perhaps unprecedented, harm. We support breakthrough research in the basic science of infectious disease, pathogen detection and identification, and countermeasures. We are especially interested in research that applies to a wide swath of pathogen types. Others at Open Philanthropy support policy and governance efforts to reduce these risks.

Our Work

Blog Post 8/2015

Our work on global catastrophic risks focuses on both potential extinction events and catastrophes that, while not threatening direct extinction, could cause global disruptions far outside the range of historical experience.

Cause Report 1/2014

Natural pandemics, bioterrorism, biological weapons, and dual use scientific research have the potential to cause significant, and perhaps unprecedented, harm. The risks from engineered threats are likely to grow in the future.

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