ECBC has strong showing at Chem Bio Defense S&T Conference

Participants at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center booth are able to engage in in-depth conversations about how ECBC can help protect U.S. and allied warfighters during the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Chemical Biological Defense Science and Technology Conference at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. | ECBC Photo

The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) was a strong presence at this year’s Chemical Biological Defense Science and Technology Conference (CBD S&T), with 70 researchers showing more than 80 research presentations.

“This conference will promote cross-pollination of ideas and strengthen partnerships, leading to new, modernized developments that will keep our warfighters safe in changing battlefields,” said ECBC Director Dr. Eric Moore.

Hosted by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), CBD S&T provides the opportunity for ECBC chemical biological experts to exchange ideas with peers in government laboratories, industry, academia and allied nations. The conference was held at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California, Nov. 28-30.

CBD S&T is the industry’s most prominent chemical biological defense conference, with over one thousand of the world’s top chemical biological researchers gathered in one place. It is an opportunity for experts to compare research methods and results and to collaborate on new research ideas and directions.

“Because of the number of attendees, their level of expertise, and the potential for gaining new information, this is one of the most important conferences on our schedule,” said ECBC Associate Director Adam Seiple. “Our goal is to take what we learn and apply it to our own research to drive advancement in our work. That work translates to stronger support and better protection for the warfighter.”

Pointing to the dozens of presentations prepared by ECBC researchers, Seiple said that the conference would benefit, too, from ECBC’s participation, which can lead to stronger support for the warfighter and new opportunities for the center.

“We’re proud of our team for producing such high quality work,” he said. “We hope our peers learn from our work, we hope we learn from the work of our peers, and we’re confident that it will lead to new projects and new partnerships.”

ECBC research chemist Greg Peterson said he looks forward to networking with peers and forging new business relationships.

“We’re able to showcase the work that we do with novel materials to attract other collaborators – both new customers and new partners,” he said. “We usually make several new connections at the event, which sometimes leads to new ideas, new technologies and new programs.”

As warfighters continually face new challenges, ECBC experts continue to research new solutions. This year, researchers have produced findings that will lead to better chemical biological defense in several key focus areas, including novel threat and disruptive chemical and biological discovery, rapid response and recovery, and threat sensing and reporting.

“This is all about keeping the warfighter safe,” said Dan Davis, business manager for ECBC’s research and technology directorate. “Chemical and biological threats are always evolving, and we have to make sure our warfighters are equipped to handle them. Much of our work this year focused on discovering, treating, and preventing chemical biological threats, and our research lays out a strong foundation to build on in that area.”

ECBC is a U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command laboratory and is the U.S. Army’s principal research and development center for chemical and biological defense technology, engineering and field operations. ECBC has achieved major technological advances for the warfighter and for our national defense, with a long and distinguished history of providing the armed forces with quality systems and outstanding customer service.

By Edgewood Chemical Biological Center