May 02, 2017

FBI weapons of mass destruction expert Edward You to discuss threat landscape at ABA breakfast

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2017 — Supervisory Special Agent Edward You of the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate will discuss “Safeguarding the Bioeconomy: Challenges to Data Security, Health, the Economy and National Security” at a breakfast sponsored by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security

What:   “Safeguarding the Bioeconomy: Challenges to Data Security, Health,
             the Economy and National Security”

When:  Friday, May 5
              8-9 a.m. ET

Where: University Club
              1135 16th St. NW
              Washington, D.C.  20036

In a world of open-source DNA sequences, the potential for great discoveries in biology is nearly limitless, but so is the potential for exploitation. Special Agent You and the Biological Countermeasures Unit of the FBI are working to evaluate possible national security threats posed by advancing science. 

As a supervisory special agent in the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, Biological Countermeasures Unit, Edward You is responsible for creating programs and activities to coordinate and improve FBI and interagency efforts to identify, assess and respond to biological threats or incidents. These efforts include expanding FBI outreach to the Life Sciences community to address biosecurity. 

Before being promoted to the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, You was a member of the FBI Los Angeles Field Office Joint Terrorism Task Force and served on the FBI Hazardous Evidence Response Team. 

There is no charge for media covering this event, however there is a $25 cost to include breakfast. To register, please contact Jennifer Kildee at 202-662-1732 or

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