Who is Dr Richard Bright? Rick Arthur Bright is an American Immunologist and public health officer. He is an international expert on vaccines with a lengthy work history in the field. Dr Rick Bright is a Democrat.
Dr Richard Bright came on trend after he filed a whistleblower complaint alleging he was removed from office in retaliation for opposing the broad use of hydroxychloroquine, a drug frequently touted by President Trump as a treatment for Covid-19.
Born and raised in Hutchinson, Kansas, Dr Rick had led the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, part of a Department of Health and Human Services office that has been central to the response to the coronavirus outbreak, since 2016.
He is the former director of Biochemical Advanced Research and Development Authority, leading the authority from 2016 till date.
Dr Rick Bright Profile
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Who Is Dr Rick Bright?
Rick Bright, Ph.D., is director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and acting Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response within HHS. BARDA develops and provides medical countermeasures to man-made and natural threats including chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats, pandemic influenza, and emerging infectious diseases.
Dr. Bright has also worked in the biotechnology industry where he served as the Director of Immunology at Altea Therapeutics and Vice President of Research and Development and Global Influenza Programs at Novavax, Inc.
In 2008, Dr. Bright joined PATH as the Scientific Director of the Influenza Vaccine Project in the Vaccine Development Global Program and the Director of the Influenza Vaccine Capacity Building Project in Vietnam.
In this capacity, he provided technical leadership to accelerate the development of innovative vaccine and adjuvant candidates against influenza to ensure protection and access to vaccines for populations of developing countries.
Dr. Bright received his PhD in Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis from Emory University (Atlanta, GA) and his BS in Biology (Medical Technology) and Physical Sciences from Auburn University (Montgomery, AL).
Dr Rick Bright Education
Dr Rick Bright graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1984. In 1997, Bright received a Bachelor of Science (magna cum laude) with a double-major in Biology (medical technology) and Physical Science (chemistry) from Auburn University-Montgomery.
His undergraduate academic advisor was Jeff Barksdale. In 2002, Bright earned a Ph.D. in immunology and molecular pathogenesis (virology) from the Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine.
His dissertation was titled, Studies on pathogenicity and control of H5N1 influenza A viruses in mice. Bright’s doctoral advisor was Jacqueline Katz. In 2010, Bright completed the Advanced Course in Vaccinology (ADVAC) from the Fondation Mérieux and University of Geneva in Annecy, France.
Is Dr Rick Bright Married? Who Is Dr Richard Bright Wife
Dr Rick Bright may be happily married to the love of his life but no information can confirm details about Dr Rick Bright’s wife and children. He keeps information relating to his family in privacy.
Dr Rick Bright Testimony
Dr. Rick Bright, former director of an important vaccine agency who was fired by Donald Trump, testified before Congress today. He warned 2020 “could be the darkest winter in modern history” without proper planning. He said the US currently has no master plan to mass distribute a vaccine for COVID-19.
Dr. Rick Bright told a House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee that hopes for a vaccine within 12-18 months assumes “everything goes perfectly.”
“We’ve never seen everything go perfectly,” Bright said.
Even if a vaccine could be ready, there’s no strategy in place for mass production, he added.