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Biotech and Beyond
February 24–25, 2015
San Diego, California

field trip
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
February 26, 2015

Library Selection
The Future of the Brain: Essays by the World's Leading Neuroscientists edited by Gary Marcus & Jeremy Freeman



In nature nothing is created, nothing is lost, everything changes."
— Antoine Lavoisier

conference overview
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.

list of speakers

Jerome Canady, Founder, U.S. Medical Innovations
Topic: Plasma Technology: The Frontier of Medicine

William A. Haseltine, President, ACCESS Health International, Inc.
Topic: Medicine, Technolgy and Demographic Change

Andrew Hessel, Autodesk Distinguished Researcher
Topic: Synthetic—and Open-Source—Biology

Mowgli Holmes, Co-Founder, Chief Scientific Officer, Phylos Bioscience
Topic: The Cannabis Evolution Project

Duncan J. Irschick, Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Co-founder, Geckoskin
Topic: The Wonders of Geckos: A New Path Towards Bioinspiration?

Sri Kosuri
, Assistant Professor, UCLA
Topic: DNA Data Storage

Melissa Lechner, Resident Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Topic: Reimaging the Immune System in Medicine to Improve Care for People with Cancer

Gary Marcus, Professor, Department of Psychology, New York University
Topic: The Future of the Brain

Carver Mead, Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, Emeritus, Caltech
Topic: The Universe and Us: An Integrated Theory of Electromagnetics and Gravitation

Tommaso Melodia, Associate Professor, Northeastern University
Topic: Using Ultrasound for Intra-body Area Networks

Saket Navlakha, Assistant Professor, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Topic: The Interface of Theoretical Computer Science and Systems Biology

Ryan Phelan, Executive Director and Cofounder, Revive and Restore/ The Long Now Foundation
Topic: Enhancing Biodiversity Through the Genetic Rescue of Endangered and Extinct Species

Amanda Randles, Fellow, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Topic: Using Massively Parallel Simulation to Study Disease

Erica Ollmann Saphire, Professor, Scripps Research Institute
Topic: Viruses, Virus Proteins, and Ebola

Reshma Shetty,
, Co-founder, Ginkgo BioWorks
Topic: The World's First Organism Engineering Foundry

Hu "Tiger" Tao, Assistant Professor, Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin
Topic: Advanced Materials and Manufacturing for Life Sciences

Adam Zagorecki, Co-founder, Infermedica
Topic: Intelligent Health Assessment Software

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