John-Arne Røttingen (born 27 March 1969) is a Norwegian medical scientist, research administrator and civil servant. He is the current Chief executive officer of the Research Council of Norway, and has been a special advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO).
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- History tells us that it is likely the next big outbreak will be something we have not seen before. It may seem strange to be adding an 'X' but the point is to make sure we prepare and plan flexibly in terms of vaccines and diagnostic tests. We want to see 'plug and play' platforms developed which will work for any, or a wide number of diseases; systems that will allow us to create countermeasures at speed. [...] As the ecosystem and human habitats change there is always the risk of disease jumping from animals to humans. It’s a natural process and it is vital that we are aware and prepare. It is probably the greatest risk.
- On the Disease X, as quoted in Scientists put on alert for deadly new pathogen – 'Disease X' by Paul Nuki and Alanna Shaikh, 10 March 2018, The Daily Telegraph