Preparing for the Apocalypse: a Multi-Prong Proposal to Develop Countermeasures for Biological, Chemical, Radiological, and Nuclear Threats

Forthcoming in Vol. 40 of Cardozo Law Review.

63 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2018 Last revised: 23 Jul 2018

Constance E. Bagley

Yale University

Anat Alon-Beck

NYU School of Law

Date Written: March 17, 2018

Abstract

The false alarm of an Hawaiian nuclear attack in January 2018 is an example of the lack of U.S. preparedness for attacks using nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction. To address such threats, this Article proposes the establishment of a nation-wide integrated defense of health countermeasures initiative (“DHCI”), which is a multi-prong program to create a defensive triad comprising government, private industry, and academia to develop countermeasures for health threats posed by biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear (“BCRN”) attacks. Key elements of our multi-faceted proposal include the use of the government’s Other Transaction Authority to simplify procurement arrangements, the establishment of public-private partnerships with an information commons for the sharing and the use of certain information and trusted intermediaries to protect proprietary information pursuant to cooperative research and development agreements (“CRADAs”), and the creation of a network of incubators sited in ecosystems of excellence. Although our proposal focuses on health countermeasures, it may be applied to other urgent national needs, such as rebuilding U.S. infrastructure.

Forthcoming in Volume 40 of the Cardozo Law Review.

Keywords: translational medicine, academic entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship, DARPA, public-private partnerships, incubator, bioterrorism, chemical warfare, nuclear threats, countermeasures, pharmaceuticals, vaccines

JEL Classification: K23, K12,O32, O38, I28, I18, L26, L32, H56

Suggested Citation

Bagley, Constance E. and Alon-Beck, Anat, Preparing for the Apocalypse: a Multi-Prong Proposal to Develop Countermeasures for Biological, Chemical, Radiological, and Nuclear Threats (March 17, 2018). Forthcoming in Vol. 40 of Cardozo Law Review.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3146442 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3146442

Constance E. Bagley (Contact Author)

Yale University ( email )

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New Haven, CT 06525
United States

HOME PAGE: http://winninglegally.com

Anat Alon-Beck

NYU School of Law ( email )

40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012-1099
United States

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