Representative Subtheme Challenge:

HH-04: Public Health Outcomes in the Bioeconomy

Imagine a future where public parks and community centers become hubs for promoting public health, equipped with advanced bio-monitoring systems. These systems, discreetly integrated into the environment, might assess air quality and detect potential health hazards, actively contributing to disease prevention. As you enjoy a morning walk, the air you breathe is continuously analyzed, ensuring you know in real-time the local levels of pollutants and allergens. In this proactive health landscape, local clinics utilize biotech advances for early disease detection, offering personalized health assessments and interventions. This transformative approach not only enhances individual wellness but also reduces healthcare costs and strengthens community resilience. The U.S., leading this transformation, experiences economic growth and job creation through new product development and improved worker health, solidifying its position as a global leader in innovative public health solutions.

The impact of the bioeconomy on public health is multifaceted, addressing not just human health but also the well-being of animals and plants (that serve as food) and the broader environmental context. This expansive view requires a shift in how we view and assess population health with an eye towards enhanced quality of life, decreased healthcare expenditures, and increased economic productivity. To accommodate this new view requires rethinking our approach to health, giving equal focus to reactive (treatment) and proactive (prevention) strategies.

CASA-Bio stakeholders representing government, industry, and non-profit sectors, identified areas of mutual interest where concerted effort among them may lead more quickly to the realization of the envisioned future. These are a few of their ideas. Focused research is needed to evaluate how bioeconomy products influence public health. This includes comprehensive data collection to establish clear correlations between biotechnologically enhanced inputs and health outcomes. Research could prioritize understanding—from a systems perspective — the effects of biotechnology products on human health, particularly their impact on disease prevention, immune system enhancement, and nutritional improvements. Additionally, there is an opportunity to study how human performance-- especially in challenging environments like military operations or space exploration--might be enhanced by biotechnological products. We emphasize that this list is not comprehensive; we need you to help us think deeper within this subtheme!

As a member of the R&D community, you too are a CASA-Bio stakeholder, and providing your insight on R&D projects that undergird this sub-theme and lead to solutions is critical. Your ideas will matter! Your individual project ideas and those developed as part of the collaborative Town Hall process will be combined to produce an aggregate view. This view will help us understand not only the interests of the R&D community, but also what they are willing to do to advance the bioeconomy. Topics among the R&D project ideas we receive will help government, industry, and non-profit stakeholders see the potential of the US R&D community to address critical future needs and help define topics for future exploration through workshops and roadmapping.

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CASA-Bio is based upon work supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation under Contract No. 49100423P0058. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. National Science Foundation.
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