Marty Vanier, DVM

Marty Vanier, DVM
Director, NBAF Partnership Development
National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF)
Kansas State University

Marty Vanier is Director of Partnership Development for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) Program Executive Office within the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (DHS S&T). She earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science from Kansas State University (K-State) and doctorate in veterinary medicine from the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine.
Vanier is an expert in coalition management, veterinary pharmaceutical policy, and food safety policy. Until taking on her most recent role with NBAF, she served as the K-State National Agricultural Biosecurity Center’s director of operations.
She serves as a member of several veterinary specialty associations, committees, and in leadership positions, including a recent term as president of the Kansas Veterinary Medication Association (2015-2016). Vanier is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Kansas Livestock Association and the Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C.
Vanier is a 2017 recipient of the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award, recognized for her achievements, humanitarian service and contributions to the veterinary profession.

National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF): A New Paradigm

The NBAF, a new state-of-the-art biosafety level (BSL) 3 & 4 facility located in Manhattan, KS, will enable the U.S. to conduct comprehensive research, develop vaccines and anti-virals, and provide enhanced diagnostic capabilities and training to protect America from foreign animal, emerging and zoonotic diseases., and safeguard our food supply, agriculture economy and public health.  Currently, the U.S. has no capacity for livestock research in a BSL4 lab and is dependent upon use of facilities in other countries.  NBAF will replace the Plum Island Animal Disease Center which is over 60 years old and near the end of its operational life.

Homeland Security Presidential Directive 9 states that “Secretaries of Agriculture and Homeland Security will develop a plan to provide safe, secure, and state-of-the-art agriculture biocontainment laboratories that research and develop diagnostic capabilities for foreign animal and zoonotic diseases.” This new paradigm will establish a world-class, connected research facility via increased capabilities an expanded research portfolio, and partnership engagement.  NBAF’s BSL-4 livestock research capability will foster collaborative opportunities with other federal agencies and research collaborators.  The proposed NBAF research portfolio will increase substantially due to the expanded capabilities and identified threats will drive the mission.  Furthermore, NBAF’s Biotechnology Development Module will enhance collaboration with the veterinary biopharmaceutical industry.  Taken together, NBAF will be a cross-cutting capability that provides for rapid development of vaccines and other countermeasures, negates the impact of foreign animal and zoonotic disease outbreaks, and creates a locus for concentrated knowledge and bio/agro security infrastructure.