Speakers at EBSA Thursday - BioEthics & Dual Use in relation to BioRisk
EBSA Thursday - BioEthics & Dual Use in relation to BioRisk
About the speakers
At the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) I work on Global Health Security projects. Among my interests are biosafety and -security, international public health (care) systems, microbiology, and infectious diseases. I have a background in Global Health and Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences. During my studies I have always been active in extracurricular activities, including educational innovation through a grassroot grant, several committees and roles as Chair of the Faculty Council and Board member of the Study association. I enjoy taking on challenges and working on multiple projects.
Dr. Rik Bleijs is head of the Biosecurity Office at the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands.
After finishing his PhD in the fields of molecular biology and tumor immunology he has been working as a scientific coordinator of the Netherlands Advisory Commission on Genetic Modification (2002-2006). In 2006 he joined the RIVM and started at the department of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) Office where he was involved in the biosafety aspects and the environmental risk assessment of medical and veterinary gene therapy studies. He acted as a temporary biosafety expert at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for market approvals of GMOs and at the World Health Organization (WHO) for recombinant vaccines. At the GMO Office he was coordinator of the Netherlands Gene Therapy Office (2006-2020) to streamline the licensing and permit granting procedures for clinical gene therapy trials. Since 2009 he is involved in the political and scientific implementation of a coordinated biosecurity policy in the Netherlands and the installment of a Biosecurity Office (2013). As head of the Biosecurity Office his main tasks are to advise the different ministries on biosecurity issues and to act as a bridge between the scientific biosafety and biosecurity professionals and the government. As a biosecurity expert he is also involved in various international biosecurity projects and initiatives (EU CBRN action plan, Global Health Security Agenda, Global Biosecurity Dialogue, G7, European Biosecurity Regulators Forum, Biological Weapons Convention), thereby supporting the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 2021 he is co-chair of the International Experts Group of Biosafety and Biosecurity Regulators (IEGBBR) representing the Netherlands and EU region. In the recent years he organized several capacity building workshops and meetings in Europe, Asia and Africa in the context of international projects to strengthen biosecurity and dual-use assessment global.
- Athens Law Firm
Director of the Medical Law and Bioethics Department
- Hellenic National Bioethics Commission
Senior Scientist - Legal Advisor
- Athens Law Firm