New lab director announced for National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center


A new lab director has been announced for the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) at Fort Detrick. 

Dr. George Korch Jr. has been selected after an extensive national search was held for the position. Officials say this will be a homecoming for Korch who served as the Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. Korch replaces former director Patrick Fitch who left the position for another last July. 

“We were very lucky to get a lab director who has operated at a BSL four facility before. So, it will be seamless for Dr. Korch to come in and continue our two missions of bioforensics and threat characterization,” said Brian Gaudet, Battelle National Biodefense Institute. 

Korch will be the second director for the institute. He will start at Fort Detrick next week. 

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