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Anemone Franz

Physician and Biosecurity/Emerging Disruptive Technologies Advisor

Anemone Franz is a physician with a background in global health and infectious diseases. She works as an advisor at the nonprofit organisation 80,000 Hours, where she focuses on biosecurity and emerging technologies. Previously, she was a clinical trial physician at Alvea, a start-up company aiming to accelerate medical countermeasure development and deployment for pandemic prevention. Anemone is an Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

Content by Anemone Franz


Ok, Doomer! The NEVER podcast – Biological threats: Going viral

Listen to the fourth episode of the NEVER podcast – Ok, Doomer! In this episode, we explore biological existential and global catastrophic risks. Featuring an introduction to the topic and an exploration of some of the technological mitigation techniques we have available for biological risks, a panel discussion exploring the current state of the international governance of biological risks, and we will also delve into whether humanity’s recent brush with COVID-19 has better or worse prepared us for future pandemics, be they man-made or natural.


Existential threats beyond the bomb: emerging disruptive technologies in the age of AI

To better understand emerging technologies, NEVER members Konrad, Anemone, Emil, Arthur, and Joel outline the evolution of the risk landscape around emerging disruptive technologies and draw parallels between the dangers posed by nuclear weapons and those posed by novel biotechnologies. They explore the broader challenge of governing emerging technologies and suggest potential ways forward.