Interview Of The Week

Interview Of The Week: Matt McKnight, Biosecurity Expert

Who:  Matt McKnight is General Manager, Biosecurity at Ginkgo Bioworks, a U.S. company building a platform to enable industry to program cells as easily as programing computers. The company’s platform is powering biotechnology applications across diverse markets, from food and agriculture to industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals

Topic: Why industry needs to think about biosecurity

Quote: “The threat envelope from biology is changing dramatically, making it a matter of national security. Biorisk is accelerating across the board (natural, accidental, and intentional) and it’s intersecting with climate change, geopolitical instability, disinformation, and other major issues of our time. Biothreats are also an economic problem, they can affect food systems and critical infrastructure, they can destabilize society and political systems. For industry specifically, they can have massive implications for global supply chains, operations, and work forces. Industry should really think about these threats as equally critical to mitigate as cyber. You wouldn’t dream of a modern enterprise without cybersecurity tools.”

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About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.