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Gryphon Scientific

Gryphon Scientific is an American scientific consulting company based in Takoma Park, Maryland.


Gryphon was founded in 2005.

In April 2015, Gryphon sought to hire a Lead Scientist with “secret” level security clearance to join the Joint Vaccine Acquisition Program at Fort Detrick, Maryland.1) In December 2015, Gryphon released a draft report of a study conducted in collaboration with Abt Associates and Signature Science between March and December examining the risks and benefits of gain of function research, funded by the National Institutes of Health.2) 3)

In May 2020, Open Philanthropy awarded Gryphon a $2,000,000 grant over three years “to support the generation of empirical data to fill critical gaps in biosafety,” and to “analyze lab safety measures, with the aim of reducing the probability of catastrophic accidents.”4)

In September 2022, Gryphon participated as an exhibitor at OPTIONS XI, a conference on the control of influenza and COVID-19, in Belfast, England.5)


Name Position Notes
Corey Meyer CEO University of Virginia, Stanford University, California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Defense, National Science Foundation
Joan Mullen Executive VP of Finance and Administration Abt Associates
Kimberly Legrow VP of Accounting -
Margaret Rush Chief Scientific Officer Broad Institute, Idaho National Laboratory, Global Health Security Agenda Consortium
Rocco Casagrande Chair of the Board Surface Logix, Abt Associates
Ryan Ritterson Executive Vice President of Research University of California San Francisco, SynBio LEAP, Boston Consulting Group, Genentech
Practice Directors and Scientific & Technical Fellows
Emily Billings Director of Data Management & Communications University of Virginia, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Raven Society
Jennifer Corbin Director of All-Hazards Preparedness and Response & CBRN Defense Defense Threat Reduction Agency DTRA, New York University School of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
Mark Kazmierczak Director of Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Emerging Technologies National Institutes of Health, Cornell University, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Harvard Medical School
Jim Nolan Director of Data Science SafeHarbor AI, Decisive Analytics Corporation, George Mason University
Robert Stephan Technical Advisor/Executive Director Operation Desert Storm, United States Department of Homeland Security, United States Air Force (USAF), Frontier Security Strategies, U.S. Steel, U.S. Energy Corp, Raytheon, United States Chamber of Commerce, Executive Office of the President of the United States
Gautham Venugopalan Director of International Engagement Future Scientist, United States Department of State, American Association for the Advancement of Science AAAS, [Community Resources for Science]], Boston Scientific, Modine Manufacturing
Scientific and Technical Staff
Timothy Adams Scientist Oregon State University, American Board of Health Physics, Alpha Nu Sigma, Health Physics Society
Audrey Cerles Senior Analyst -
Kent Duke Senior Analyst Pentagon Force Protection Agency
Mikaela Finnegan Senior Analyst George Washington University
Adam Fleming Senior Analyst George Mason University
Christian Garnier Senior Analyst University of Virginia Health System, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
Froggi Jackson Scientist The Tauri Group, University of Maryland Baltimore, Stevenson University, Anne Arundel Community College, American Association of Immunologists, Institute of Marine & Environmental Technology, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute
Beatrice Kondo Senior Analyst Johns Hopkins Center for Biotechnology Education
Katharyn Kryda Senior Analyst Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, United States Department of Transportation, National Emergency Management Basic Academy
Eric Lauer Senior Analyst -
Laurel MacMillan Principal Technical Specialist American University, NASA Langley Research Center, Measuring Success, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Holly May Senior Analyst Naval Medical Research Unit San Antonio (NMRU-SA), American Society for Microbiology
Glen Noble Senior Analyst GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases NIAID
Jonathan Pinney Senior Technical Specialist University of Virginia, Abcam, ICON, Colgate University
Lauren Plaine Senior Analyst Sentara Healthcare, Cross Country Healthcare, Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing, Emergency Nurses Association, International Association of Emergency Managers, Tidewater Emergency Medical Services Council
Ken Stroech Principal Technical Specialist White House Office of Homeland Security, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Blue Ridge Consulting, Tetra Tech, National Defense University
Louise Sumner Scientist University of Virginia, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Landy Sun Senior Technical Specialist Johns Hopkins University
Stephen Tarnacki Principal Technical Specialist United States Army, National Guard, Pentagon Force Protection Agency
Nicole Tensmeyer Senior Analyst Brigham Young University
Henry Wyneken Principal Technical Specialist University of Minnesota, Syngenta




Gryphon's clients include:14)

The firm also has long-term contracts with the United States Government through the General Services Administration (GSA), Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Office (CBRN), as well as the World Health Organization.

Lead Scientist. Gryphon Scientific. Retrieved October 28, 2022, from
Casagrande, R., Signature Science, & Abt Associates. (2015). Preface: A Brief Guide to Gryphon’s Risk and Benefit Analysis of Gain of Function Research. Gryphon Scientific.
Bender, M. (2022, October 22). Yes, Scientists Made a Deadlier COVID Virus. No, It’s Not Bad. The Daily Beast.
Gryphon Scientific — Empirical Biosafety Research. (2020, June 17). Open Philanthropy.
Our Staff. Gryphon Scientific. Retrieved October 28, 2022, from
Member Profile Archives. Global Health Security Agenda Consortium (GHSAC). Retrieved August 16, 2022, from
Development of Innovative Training Materials on Research Translation to Strengthen Zoonotic Disease Prevention, Detection, and Response Capabilities. Gryphon Scientific. Retrieved October 28, 2022, from
Analysis of Chemical Structures and Therapeutic Activity of Agents for HIV and Tuberculosis. Gryphon Scientific. Retrieved October 28, 2022, from
Middle East and South Asia Conference on Epigenetics and Genomics of Infectious Diseases. Gryphon Scientific. Retrieved October 28, 2022, from
Roadmap for Implementing Biosecurity and Biodefense Policy in the United States. Gryphon Scientific. Retrieved October 28, 2022, from
Training Materials for Practical Implementation of Laboratory Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Biorisk Management. Gryphon Scientific. Retrieved October 28, 2022, from
Dual Use Risk Analysis Training Materials for Malaysian Life Scientists. Gryphon Scientific. Retrieved October 28, 2022, from
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