Feb 24th - Feb 25th 2015
Omni San Diego Hotel
San Diego

From resurrecting the wooly mammoth to 23 & Me, the blending of the DNA code and computer code is turning biology into biotechnology, bringing big data into pharmacology and healthcare, and redefining wellness. Meanwhile, robots are entering hospitals as diagnosticians and surgical assistants as well as orderlies; sensors are feeding doctors more data on their patients than they know what to do with; pharmaceuticals are being turned out in home labs; and prosthetics are making us all cyborgs to one degree or another. Biotechnology is extending far beyond healthcare into every facet of our personal and professional lives.

  • Monday February 23
    • 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

      First-Timers Reception

    • 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

      Welcome Reception

    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


  • Tuesday February 24
    • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

      Buffet Breakfast

    • 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

      Conference Welcome

    • 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

      Conference Overview

    • 8:45 AM - 9:25 AM

      Using Massively Parallel Simulation to Study Disease

    • 9:40 AM - 10:20 AM

      Advanced Materials and Manufacturing for Life Sciences

    • 10:20 AM - 10:50 AM

      Coffee Break

    • 10:50 AM - 11:30 AM

      Reimaging the Immune System in Medicine to Improve Care for People with Cancer

    • 11:30 AM - 12:10 PM

      Algorithms in Nature

    • 12:10 PM - 12:50 PM


    • 12:50 PM - 2:05 PM

      Members’ Working Lunch

    • 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

      Using Ultrasound for Intra-body Area Networks

    • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

      The Cannabis Evolution Project

    • 3:25 PM - 3:55 PM

      Coffee Break

    • 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

      Viruses, Virus Proteins, and Ebola

    • 5:15 PM - 5:15 PM

      Close of First Day

    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

      Dinner and Talk: The Universe and Us: An Integrated Theory of Electromagnetics and Gravitation

  • Wednesday February 25
    • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM


    • 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

      TTI/Vanguard Announcements

    • 8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

      Rise of the Organism Industry

    • 9:30 AM - 10:10 AM

      Enhancing Biodiversity Through the Genetic Rescue of Endangered and Extinct Species

    • 10:10 AM - 10:40 AM

      Coffee Break

    • 10:40 AM - 11:20 AM

      Medicine, Technology, and Demographic Change

    • 11:20 AM - 12:00 PM

      Plasma Technology: The New Frontier of Medicine

    • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

      The Wonders of Geckos: A New Path Towards Bioinspiration?

    • 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

      Members’ Working Lunch

    • 2:00 PM - 2:40 PM

      The Future of AI; The Future of Neuroscience

    • 2:40 PM - 3:20 PM

      Synthetic—and Open-Source—Biology

    • 3:20 PM - 4:00 PM

      Conference Reflections

    • 4:00 PM - 4:00 PM

      Close of Conference

  • Thursday February 26
    • 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM

      Field Trip: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

Field Trip

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

Founded in 1903 as the San Diego Marine Biological Station, SIO has matured into a premier oceanographic research and teaching facility with close to 1500 faculty, post docs, graduate students, and support staff, and close to $200M in research expenditures. It's location alone—beachside in La Jolla—makes it worth a visit.

(Attendance is limited to 75 individuals)

The tour will include six of Scripps's many facilities:

Scripps Pier
We will walk the length of one of the world's largest research piers, view the boat launch, learn about current experiments, and observe how Scripps pumps millions of gallons of seawater daily for use in its onshore labs and aquarium. If we're lucky, we might see stingrays swimming below and other marine life nearby.

Hydraulics Lab
With wind–wave channels, flow channels, pressure-testing vessels, deep tanks, and a temperature/pressure calibration facility, there is much to see at the hydraulics lab. We will learn about the various testing units and observe experiments underway.

Instruments and Innovation Lab
SIO develops novel sensors, platforms, and autonomous vehicles to support a wide range of oceanographic and meteorological research. Here we will see prototype robotic sea gliders, copters, and other vehicles, and learn about the purpose of each.

Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP)
Here we will see wave buoys, from the inside and the outside. We will learn how these ocean observing stations continuously measure the coastal environment and how CDIP researchers manage the data they produce.Oceanographic Collections: Attendees will have a choice of visiting one of the two following Collections; please indicate your preference when registering:

Marine Vertebrates Collection
This collection contains 5M alcohol-preserved specimens in 120K lots, representing 5500 distinct species. That's a lot of jars of fish! The collection manager will perform show-and-tell on some of his favorites.

Geological Cores Collection
This physical library of core samples from the seafloor and sub-seafloor is among the oldest and largest collection of marine geological samples. Attendees will learn about the sampling and analysis of the cores and will venture into the cold room that stores the 15K core sections.

Birch Aquarium
The morning will conclude with a guided tour of Scripps's aquarium, with living tide pools, seahorse nursery, corals, fish, kelp, how climate change is affecting the oceans, and so much more. SIO researchers will be on hand to discuss specific exhibits in their respective areas of expertise.


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