American BioDefense Institute Hosts Virtual Forum


On August 13th, the American BioDefense Institute, started by our client, Ravi Starzl, launched a virtual forum to discuss passive immunity and a new model for public health during pandemics with media, sports, political and scientific community leaders. The forum included 5 Ascendant clients and Congressman Gosar.

Moderated by Jeff Pigues, CBS News Homeland Security Correspondent and author. Pegues has been a news correspondent for CBS News since 2013 and is the author of his book Black and Blue: Inside the Divide between the Police and Black America and Kompromat: How Russia Undermined American Democracy.

The panelists included:

Ravi Starzl himself, co-founder of Bioplx, an advanced microbiomics company developing non-antibiotic methods for the control of infectious disease. Starzl comes from a history of well-established medical professionals, including his grandfather, Thomas Starzl, who conducted the first-ever liver transplant and is considered the father of modern transplantation. In the forum, Starzl discusses passive immunity and how we need to think proactively about the pandemic. Waiting for a vaccine will take more than a year but the disease is still spreading like wildfire, he suggests possibilities for slowing it down

Congressman Paul Gosar, former D.D.S-turned Arizona’s 4th district Congressman. In the forum, he talks about the latest Congress is doing regarding the pandemic

John Berry, attorney and CEO of “America’s Law Firm,” Berry Law. Berry discusses changes in the legal systems, from online trials to the trouble with the 6th amendment in these emergency times as “a fair and speedy trial” has become complicated amidst the pandemic

JiNan Glasgow George, renowned IP attorney and co-founder of Magic Number, a software company that provides AI-driven, interactive data that identifies key innovators and first movers before most people have even heard of them. Glasgow George goes more in-depth about the pandemic’s influence

Marques Colston, Saints all-time leading wide receiver-turned entrepreneur and creator of Columbia Business School’s executive education program for current and retired NFL players. Colston discussed the sports industry and how COVID-19 has affected this season’s major league sports

To listen to the full forum recording, you can do so here.

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