Abt Associates Names Rocco Casagrande Director In New Homeland Defense Practice

Abt Associates Names Rocco Casagrande Director In New Homeland Defense Practice

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Former U.N. Weapons Inspector To Develop Practice Focused On Bioterror Defense And Health Systems Preparedness

Abt Associates Inc. announced that Rocco Casagrande has been named a Director in its new Homeland Defense practice. Casagrande, who was most recently a United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq, will focus on building the Company’s Homeland Defense program with an emphasis on bioterrorism defense, including agricultural biosecurity and public health preparedness.

“Rocco’s knowledge and experience in biosurveillance and the biological threat area complement our existing expertise in health and make him a very good fit with our Homeland Defense efforts that focus on improving the capacity of public health systems to prevent and respond to terrorist attack,” said Joan Mullen, Group Vice President for Domestic Social and Economic Policy.

Prior to his role as a weapons inspector, Casagrande was a scientist at Surface Logix, Inc., where he was responsible for developing and testing detection platforms for biological warfare agents. He has been widely published on the subjects of agricultural and biological terrorism and is a prominent lecturer on these subjects. He has been a researcher for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and was a member of the Controlling Dangerous Pathogens Project at the Center for International and Security Studies.

Casagrande is a graduate of Cornell University with degrees in Chemistry and Biology, and holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Abt Associates (www.abtassoc.com) is a private, employee-owned company that applies rigorous research and consulting techniques, as well as technical assistance expertise, to a wide range of issues in social and economic policy, international development, business research and consulting, and clinical trials and registries. Since its founding in 1965, Abt Associates has provided services to U.S. federal, state and local governments; foreign governments; international organizations; foundations; and business and industry. Its staff of over 1,000 employees is located in offices in Cambridge, Lexington, and Amherst, Massachusetts; and offices in Bethesda, Maryland; Washington, D.C.; Old Greenwich, Connecticut; Chicago, Illinois; Cairo, Egypt; and Pretoria, South Africa.

For more information, contact Peter Broderick, Abt Associates Corporate Communications, (617) 349-2882, peter_broderick@abtassoc.com, or Maureen Bailey at BCI, (617) 557-0011, mbailey@bci-pr.com

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