BioDefense and Homeland Security are the topics at a Biotechnology Forum on Oct. 21 hosted by the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED).

The forum will look at how the Triangle biotech community can support the biodefense and homeland security efforts. With the September 11 terrorism, the anthrax scares, and the West Nile virus, the potential for bioterrorism has come to the forefront.

Many agencies of the U.S. Government have been charged with working to build up national security against biological and chemical warfare and terrorism. They are looking for ideas and technologies in many fields, including vaccines, diagnostics, drugs, veterinary products, biomaterials, information and others.

Speakers include Mark D. Dibner, president of BioAbility; Steven Lee, director of organic chemistry at the U.S. Army Research Office in RTP; and Greg Milman, director, office for innovation and special programs for the Division of Extramural Activities at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The Biotechnology Forum will begin at 5 PM at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center on Alexander Drive in RTP. The sponsor is PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Register online.