The International Council for the Life Sciences (ICLS) in a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to enhancing global biological security and safety and reducing the risks of the misuse of the lifes sciences.  Founded in December 2005, the membership-based ICLS provides a forum for the sustained engagement of the life sciences community and governments on a global basis.  ICLS operates internationally and works cooperatively to build networks to help reduce biological risks.


ICLS has identified priority areas for enhancing biosafety and biosecurity.

  • International best practices and standards;

  • Curricula for biosecurity and biosafety;

  • Shared language and common methodology for assessing biological risk regardless; of origin;

  • Specialized briefings for policy officials on the full spectrum of risks, and

  • Building local and global networks of life scientists and policymakers.


The International Council for the Life Sciences was founded in December 2005 by Terence Taylor.  Click below to read our Charter document. 

Terence Taylor



Danielle Thies

Manager for Operations


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Terence Taylor is the President of ICLS and the Chairman of its Board of Directors.  He has held leadership positions at The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense and the United Nations.  Mr. Taylor established the US office of the IISS and served as its first President and Executive Director for 5 years.  He was a career officer in the British army with experiences in many parts of the world including UN peacekeeping and counter-terrorist operations.  He is an expert in international security policy, with a special emphasis in risk assessment and non-proliferation.  

He served on the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine's Forum on Microbial Threats.  Mr. Taylor was also a member of the National Research Council Steering Committee on Genomic Databases for Bioterrorism Threat Agents and served as Chairman of the Permanent Monitoring Panel on Risk Analysis of the World Federation of Scientists.  In October 2006, Mr. Taylor was appointed to the five-member special advisory group for the UN Secretary-General's initiative on biotechnology.  Since 2012, he has served as Coordinator of the Group of Experts for the United Nations Security Council Committee, overseeing the implementation of Resolution 1540 (2004) that deals with preventing the proliferation of weapons and technologies for weapons of mass destruction.  

Terence Taylor has contributed to a variety of publications including The Washington Quarterly, The International Herald Tribune and The Wall Street Journal, in addition to authoring numerous book chapters on humanitarian law and biological weapons.  He has also conducted numerous television and radio interviews on major national and international broadcasting networks including CNN, BBC and NPR.

Danielle Thies joined the ICLS team in July 2012.  Prior to this, Ms. Thies was a Research Associate at Ascel Bio LLC in New York City.  She also interned at the World Health Organization at the UN, the Council on Foreign Relations, and HealthRight International.  


She spent 3 years teaching English at a Japanese high school through the government-sponsored JET Programme.  Ms. Thies holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the John C. Whitehead School at Seton Hall University.  There she specialized in Global Health & Human Security and Human Rights & International Law.  She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Creighton University.  


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