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Piers D Millett, Ph.D
Piers D Millett, Ph.D. is Director of Safety and Security at iGEM and co-chairs iGEM’s Safety Committee, which is tasked with ensuring that cutting edge biotechnology is used safely and securely. Dr. Millett is a certified biorisk management professional, with a specialisation in biosecurity.
Until June 2014, Dr Millett was Deputy Head of the Implementation Support Unit for the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), a treaty for which he worked for over a decade. Trained originally as a microbiologist, Piers is a Chartered Biologist and works closely with the citizen science movement, synthetic biologists, the biotechnology industry as well as governments. His efforts have seen him collaborate with a range of intergovernmental organisations spanning health (human and animal), humanitarian law, disarmament, security, border control, law enforcement, and weapons of mass destruction – both inside and out of the United Nations system.
Piers holds a wide range of other appointments relevant to his work at iGEM, including as co-founder of Biosecure Ltd, a company dedicated to safeguarding the bioeconomy. He also holds fellowships with the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington D.C., where he researches pandemic and deliberate disease and the implications of biotechnology. He also consults for the World Health Organization, supporting their R&D efforts.