(Covers information from the S.D. Perry novels)
Dr. Ellis Benjamin was an Umbrella employee familiar with the t-Virus.
Following the outbreak in Raccoon City, Pennsylvania, Dr. Benjamin led a team of HazMat-wearing Umbrella researchers in assessing the cause of the outbreak and evacuating any survivors. With Umbrella's policy being to cover-up their viral weapons project, Dr. Benjamin's press statements were left vague, being quoted in Nationwide Today's October 10 issue to it being undetermined whether the agent was a virus or bacteria. On October 18, it was announced in the Fort Worth Bugler that Dr. Benjamin and their team had successfully recovered evidence implying S.T.A.R.S.' involvement in an apparent terrorist attack as the cause.