Publications – 2022 Bioeconomy Executive Order

  • Microbiome Research Strategy

    Publication Date: July 2023

    Recent advances in data science and engineering biology have accelerated the capabilities of microbiome engineering research. To harness these new capabilities and boost innovation, EBRC highlights technical methods, computational tools, testbed infrastructure, and data sharing requirements are in need of federal investment. These efforts should be coordinated across the Federal Government to capitalize on momentum and bolster productivity throughout the field.

  • Biocontainment Policy in a Robust Bioeconomy

    Publication Date: July 2023

    Deployed engineering biology products have the potential to reshape our environment, agriculture, human health, and more. Such impactful applications necessitate operation outside of traditional biocontainment vessels and thus require renewed biocontainment policies. Herein, EBRC highlights emerging biocontainment research, areas for investment, and horizon scanning activities to promote safe and responsible biotechnology innovation.

  • Moonshots for the 21st-Century Bioeconomy

    Publication Date: December 2022

    In response to the Bioeconomy Executive Order, EBRC envisions moonshots for achievements in engineering biology across five sectors, highlighting the promise and potential of biotechnology. We also link to our interactive EBRC roadmaps, which provide more expansive visions of the innovations that are possible through engineering biology research and application.

  • Standards and Metrics to Accelerate the Global Bioeconomy

    Publication Date: December 2022

    Common language, measurements, and widely adopted standards are critical for many activities within the bioeconomy. We identify challenges, next steps, and recommendations for establishing standards and metrics to promote a secure and robust bioeconomy.

  • Regulatory Clarity, Communication, and Nimbleness

    Publication Date: December 2022

    The United States is at the forefront of the biotechnology revolution, and its regulatory agencies are and will continue to be tasked with establishing and enforcing rules and regulations that ensure the commercialization of biotechnologies that are viable and economically-sound solutions and do not present unacceptable risk. Herein we articulate select areas of uncertainty and concern that have caused challenges in the development of biotechnologies.

  • Platform Vulnerabilities and Security in the Bioeconomy

    Publication Date: December 2022

    Platform technologies enable the research, development, and commercialization of biotechnologies, but may be vulnerable to exploitation. We identify platforms that support different segments of the bioeconomy and discuss their vulnerabilities, how those vulnerabilities might be exploited, and actions the U.S. Government can take to support a secure bioeconomy.

  • Biosafety & Biosecurity Innovation Initiative

    Publication Date: December 2022

    EBRC proposes a structure and function of a Biosafety & Biosecurity Innovation Initiative to reduce biological risks associated with a growing bioeconomy. We recommend that priorities and best practices for a safe and secure bioeconomy be identified through consistent communication between federal agencies and stakeholders across the bioeconomy enterprise.

  • Development of a Workforce to Support a Distributed, Equitable Bioeconomy

    Publication Date: December 2022

    The development of biotechnologies that will usher in a more sustainable and healthier future require a talented, trained workforce that reflects the diversity of America. The bioeconomy will rely on the distribution of opportunity geographically, demographically, and across the workforce spectrum.

  • Educating the Next-Generation Bioeconomy Workforce

    Publication Date: December 2022

    A robust and distributed bioeconomy requires a skilled, diverse workforce. We describe opportunities and recommendations for improving education and training of the next-generation of biotechnology leaders.

  • Revising Legacy Approaches to Biology Education

    Publication Date: December 2022

    To remain globally competitive and prepare our citizens for the jobs of the future, we must rethink how we teach biology. There is an important role for the federal government to improve the way educational programs are designed, the way companies manage their hiring processes, and the way current and future employees find training throughout their careers.

  • US Leadership in a Global Bioeconomy

    Publication Date: December 2022

    Herein, we describe four key focus areas where international best practices, norms, and/or standards are nascent or underdeveloped, and thus where there is real need and opportunity for US leadership: 1) Standards, Metrics, and Norms, 2) Regulations, 3) Biosecurity and Biosafety, and 4) Horizon Scanning.

  • Compilation: EBRC Policy Papers in Response to the 2022 Bioeconomy Executive Order

    Publication Date: December 2022 (updated 2023)

    On September 12, 2022, President Biden released an Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy. This Executive Order calls for “a whole-of-government approach to advance biotechnology and biomanufacturing towards innovative solutions in health, climate change, energy, food security, agriculture, supply chain resilience, and national and economic security.” The Executive Order follows additional action by the United States Congress to support the bioeconomy and biomanufacturing, most notably the passage of Title IV—Bioeconomy Research and Development in the Chips and Science Act.

    To capitalize on this moment of importance and enthusiasm for a growing and robust U.S. bioeconomy, EBRC is publishing a series of policy white papers on topics of importance to EBRC members and the engineering biology community that we believe can provide guidance and recommendations to the federal agencies tasked with responding to the Executive Order. Below you will find a compilation of the papers published on December 1, 2022.

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