Patty Olinger, JM, RBP, GBAC Trusted Advisor

Ms. Patricia (Patty) Olinger is the Executive Director of GBACĂ’, the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a division of ISSA. Patty leads the development and implementation of the GBAC STARTM portfolio of programs, including facility and service provider accreditation, GBAC STARTM Destinations, GBAC STARTM Events, GBAC Academy, and GBAC Registered Technologies and Programs. GBAC STARTM is implemented on over 4000 facilities and 85 countries. Promoting Health, Wellness and Resilience. We must be prepared for a scalable response. Previous to joining GBAC, Patty was an Assistant Vice President in the Office of Research Administration leading the Environmental, Health and Safety Office (EHSO) at Emory University. During her 13-year tenure, EHSO had University-wide responsibility for all aspects of Environmental, Health and Safety support, including EHS compliance support to Emory Healthcare. This included Biosafety support to the Emory Serious Communicable Diseases Unit (SCDU), which cared for 4 Ebola patients in 2014. Prior to joining Emory in 2006, Patty spent 21 years in the Pharmaceutical Industry, providing support to both human and animal health research, developing a true OneHealth perspective. From 2013-2018, Patty supported the Elizabeth R. Griffin Foundation (ERGF), as both a board member and leading initiatives on global Biorisk management obtaining practical experience with staff and facilities in extremely low resource environments worldwide