Piers D Millett, Ph.D. leads iGEM’s efforts to ensure that cutting edge biotechnology is used safely and securely. He is Vice-President for Safety and Security and chairs iGEM’s Safety and Security Committee. Dr. Millett is a certified biorisk management professional, with a specialisation in biosecurity.
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. He has consulted for the World Health Organization, supporting their integration of research and development into responses to public health emergencies and considering the health implications of advances in technology. Trained originally as a microbiologist, Piers 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.
Piers holds a wide range of other appointments relevant to his work at iGEM, including as co-founder of Biosecure Ltd, a company dedicated to safeguarding the bioeconomy. He also holds fellowships with the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington D.C., where he researches pandemic and deliberate disease and the implications of biotechnology.