Piers Millett

Principal
Biosecure

Piers D Millett, Ph.D. is Principal of Biosecure Ltd, a company dedicated to safeguarding the bioeconomy. Biosecure works with governments, industry and academia to help ensure we have resilient, safe and secure environments, frameworks and processes conducive to taking full advantage of biology as a manufacturing technology. Dr. Millet is also Director of Safety and Security and Co-Chairs the Safety Committee at iGEM, an international competition for students interested in the field of synthetic biology. Piers also holds fellowships at the Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington D.C. where he focuses on pandemic and deliberate disease and the implications of biotechnology. He also consults for the World HealthOrganization, supporting their R&D efforts. 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.