Joe Hamel is the US Government’s Secret Innovation Weapon in the War Against Major Health Disasters

In Health, Health Tech, Publisher Channel by Mary Kurek

Joe Hamel is the Director of Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) for Innovation and Industrial Base Expansion (IBx) for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He received his BA in molecular biology from Colgate University and his MS in biotechnology from John Hopkins University. Prior to joining the ASPR, Hamel worked as a biologist for the US Army, where he also served as a team leader and chief of planning and policy. Later, Hamel was a program director for the Department of Homeland Security, and then a program manager at Johns Hopkins University’s applied physics laboratory.

Hamel’s position affords him an opportunity to discover, analyze, and configure emerging technologies in a commercialized context that will help prevent and navigate health emergencies in a more efficient and effective manner. At IBx, Hamel is focused on bolstering supply chains for life-saving medical countermeasures. Particularly, as we sit midway through 2021, this means ensuring that processes are in place for everything from pharmaceutical interventions to PPEs. In this conversation with Frontrunners Innovate Producer and Host, Mary Kurek, Hamel talks about how he managed to get into the work he’s doing now and exactly what types of projects on which he and his team are working.

Meet Joe Hamel.  (21-min video)

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