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PODCAST: Protecting Australia from chemical and biological threats – Felicia Pradera, DMTC

One of DMTC’s newest programs, Medical Countermeasures (MCM), is quickly being identified as a key capability to protect both the military and the public from chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) threats, as well as pandemics and emerging infectious diseases.

One of DMTC’s newest programs, Medical Countermeasures (MCM), is quickly being identified as a key capability to protect both the military and the public from chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) threats, as well as pandemics and emerging infectious diseases.

Funded by CSIRO and DST Group through the next Generation Technologies Fund, DMTC is seeking to harness Australia's capabilities to develop leading-edge, advanced technologies and to direct and deploy skills into activities that support Australian defence, health and national security outcomes.

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In this episode of the Defence Connect podcast, DMTC’s Medical Countermeasures Program Leader, Felicia Pradera, joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss the threat of CBR in the modern world and the development of relevant technologies to address Australia’ national preparedness strategy, with necessary application to civil and military domains as well as the need to develop domestic in-country Medical Countermeasures capabilities.

As the only program that brings together the key national stakeholders with representation from the federal Departments of Defence and Health, the CSIRO, the Medical Technology and Pharmaceutical Growth Centre and the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, Pradera provides a fascinating look inside the program and the necessity of the development of the MCM capability.

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Episode 227: PODCAST: How RBI Hawker is innovating in APAC – Ian D’Arcy, Hawker Pacific
Episode 226: PODCAST: Building interoperability amid adversity – Captain Phillipa Hay, Royal Australian Navy
Episode 225: PODCAST: The pivotal role of autonomous systems to support Australian security – Chris Deeble, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Australia
Episode 224: PODCAST: LAND 129 Phase 3 and supporting sovereign UAS capabilities – Jack Kormas, managing director, Textron Systems Australia
Episode 223: PODCAST: Working with industry to support AIC – Melissa Price MP, Minister for Defence Industry
Episode 222: PODCAST: Supporting Indigenous engagement and participation in defence – Norman Laing, Defence Indigenous Cultural Adviser
Episode 221: PODCAST: Innovation, R&D and national security – Dr Cathy Foley, CSIRO chief scientist
Episode 220: PODCAST: Building organic Australian capabilities – Keith Johnson, Leidos Australia
Episode 219: INSIGHT: Life after politics – Christopher Pyne, Pyne and Partners

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