SOTER Bio Consulting, LLC – “Advancing Global Health by providing practical, sustainable solutions that improve laboratory and patient care environments around the world.”

Founded in 2015, SOTER is a woman owned small business (WOSB) dedicated to providing thought leadership, training and products that respond to the ever-evolving needs of the global infectious disease community.  In response to the emergence and re-emergence of significant health threats like Zika, Ebola, MERS and most recently SARS-CoV-2, as well as the persistence of widespread infectious diseases like Tuberculosis, HIV and Malaria, we provide innovative approaches that improve safety, security and health around the world.  Our approach is based on the fundamental principles of safety and security, adapting to provide creative, site specific solutions that respond to cultural, environmental and institutional needs.

Our focus areas include:

•             Biosafety

•             Biosecurity

•             Occupational Health

•             Facility Inspection & Assessment

•             Laboratory Design

•             Protocol Development & Improvement

•             Food Safety

•             Risk Assessment

•             Regulatory Compliance

•             Program Development

Natasha Griffith is the Associate Director of Operations, High Containment Laboratories at Georgia State University (GSU). In her current role, she oversees design and construction of a new BSL4 research facility and leads a multidisciplinary team to support safe operations of all high containment facilities at GSU.

Before joining GSU, Natasha was the Quality and Safety Systems Branch Chief in the Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS) at the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In her role, she led quality and safety staff to support the development and adoption of standards, guidelines, recommendations, and tools for improved quality and safety in clinical and public health laboratories.

Prior to her work at CDC, Natasha directed all high contaminant facilities at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). With over 15 years of experience, Ms. Griffith has led numerous international missions in response to infectious disease outbreaks. She has implemented and managed projects on behalf of the American Society for Microbiology, United States Department of State, United States Department of Defense, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and World Health Organization. She assisted in the organization and delivery of behavioral-based training programs throughout the United States and in numerous international locations, lecturing in both English and French.

Ms. Griffith earned her Master of Science degree in Microbial Pathogenesis and a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics from UCLA. She is currently working on a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences at the UCLA School of Public Health.