This talk examines the rise of distributed, decentralized, amateur/citizen science and "do it yourself" biology.
Jason Bobe is the founding Executive Director of PersonalGenomes.org and has served as the Director of Community for the Harvard Personal Genome Project since 2007. Jason is also curator and executive producer of the annual Genomes, Environments and Traits Conference. He was an invited speaker to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues and is a regular commentator on the importance of citizen science, decentralized access to genomic technologies and DIYbio. Twitter: @jasonbobe
Mac Cowell studied Biology at Davidson College under Malcolm Campbell and Laurie Heyer and works at MIT helping run iGEM, the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition.
Besides synthetic biology and science 2.0, many of his interests revolve around the ways technology can encourage and enable spontaneous cooperation; for instance, flashmobs and alternate reality games.
Tito Jankowski is the founder of Pearl Biotech.
Raymond McCauley is currently working on sequencing and gene expression R&D.
He has over 15 years of experience in the biotechnology and high tech arenas, with Illumina, Ingenuity Systems, QIAGEN Genomics, Applied Carbon, various startups and governmental agencies, and including a stint as executive producer for PBS television series with TANSTAAFL Media.
Meredith L. Patterson is a technologist and science fiction author. She has spoken at numerous industry conferences on a wide range of topics.
She is also a prolific blogger and software developer, and a leading figure in the biopunk movement.
Hugh Rienhoff is an entrepreneur and founder of MyDaughtersDNA, an organization dedicated to understanding genetic conditions. Dr. Rienhoff is a physician and scientist with 15 years experience as a venture investor and entrepreneur in the life sciences. During much of the 90's he was a partner directing biotechnology investments at the venture firm New Enterprise Associates. He was a founding director of such companies as Healtheon/WebMD (HLTH) and Aurora Biosciences (ABSC). In 1998, he founded DNA Sciences (originally Kiva Genetics), a diagnostic company focused on genetic discoveries and served as its Chairman and CEO for 4 years. Dr. Rienhoff has served as a director on the boards of many public and private companies and currently serves on the boards GeneEd, Odyssey Thera and Lipid Biosciences.
Dr. Rienhoff was a member of the faculty in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He trained in mathematics, medicine, and genetics at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. He received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in Biology and English Literature from Williams College.