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Infectious Economics, LLC was founded in 2017 to partner with governments and businesses in the prevention and detection of disease outbreaks.

Applying expertise in epidemiology, health policy, and economics, our team designs cost-effective strategies to maximize health and productivity – weighing the costs and benefits of possible risk-reduction measures. Based in New York City, the Infectious Economics team offers services to rapidly generate evidence for data-driven decisions.

Our Team

Blythe Adamson, PhD, MPH, Founder

Dr. Blythe Adamson is an infectious disease epidemiologist and economist. A former member of the White House COVID Task Force on Healthcare Resilience and lead data scientist in the West Wing, she currently serves on the COVID Sports and Society Working Group, advises public and private institutions on safe reopening plans for large-scale in-person gatherings including all major sports leagues, theme parks, retailers, and universities, and is an advisory board member to both NBA-Yale SalivaDirect and Testing for America.

Dr. Adamson founded Infectious Economics in 2017 to provide thought leadership to policy makers and industry leaders on cost-effective strategies to prevent the transmission of viruses. Dr. Adamson holds degrees in microbiology, epidemiology, and pharmaceutical economics with a focus on infectious disease prevention.  Dr. Adamson has held roles at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Institute for Disease Modeling, the HIV Vaccine Trials Network, and Flatiron Health.

Lisa Kussell, Head of Strategic Partnerships

Lisa Kussell is the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Strategic Partnerships for Infectious Economics. She connects organizations, influencers, and media with world-class scientists through partnerships to improve population health and accelerate economic recovery of businesses. For more than 20 years, Kussell has strategically connected individuals, organizations, and brands to one another. Current & past clients include, but are not limited to: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, The National Board of Review, Condé Nast, DoSomething, January Digital, and Maisonette.

Jocelyn Lonquist, Chief of Staff

Jocelyn Lonquist is the Chief of Staff at Infectious Economics, reporting directly to the scientific founder. She partners with the senior leadership team to drive fast-moving projects of highest strategic priority.