Ready for a rapid, radical reboot of the global innovation system for a truly free and open 21st century knowledge economy?
The Open Science Summit is an attempt to gather all stakeholders who want to liberate our scientific and technological commons and enable a new era of decentralized, distributed innovation to solve humanity's greatest challenges.
At the broadest level, Rob Carlson is interested in the future role of biology as a human technology. He has worked to develop new biological technologies in both academic and commercial environments, focusing on molecular measurement and microfluidic systems.
Carlson is the author of the book Biology is Technology: The Promise, Peril, and New Business of Engineering Life, published in 2010 by Harvard University Press. Dr. Carlson earned a doctorate in Physics from Princeton University in 1997.
Christine Peterson is the Chief Marketing Officer for TripAdvisor.
Len Sassaman is a security researcher and biohacker. During the "crypto wars" of the 1990s, he was involved in the battle against United States regulations that treated strong cryptography as a munition, and has been a strong advocate of policies that promote citizen innovation in the sciences ever since. He and his wife, Meredith L. Patterson, conduct research on transgenic lactic acid bacteria in their home lab; their projects focus on public health issues such as vitamin deficiencies and rapid detection of food contaminants. With fifteen years of perspective on federal security regulatory activity, he sees biohacking as the next frontier in citizen science and a vibrant resource that must not be regulated out of existence.
Sassaman is a PhD student at COSIC, the COmputer Security and Industrial Cryptography laboratory at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, and a member of The Shmoo Group security think-tank.
Edward You is a Supervisory Special Agent in the FBI's Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, Countermeasures Unit, Bioterrorism Prevention Program. Mr. You is responsible for creating programs and activities to coordinate and improve FBI and interagency efforts to identify, assess, and respond to potential intentional biological threats or incidents. These efforts include expanding FBI outreach to the Biological Sciences community to address biosecurity. Before transferring to the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, Mr. You was a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in Los Angeles for four years.
Mr. You has also been directly involved in policy-making efforts with a focus on biosecurity. He is an ex officio member of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity; is an active Working Group member of the National Security Council Interagency Policy Committee on Countering Biological Threats; and was an FBI representative on the Executive Order Working Group on Strengthening Laboratory Biosecurity in the United States.
Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. You worked for five years in graduate research on human gene therapy at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. He subsequently worked for three years at the biotechnology firm AMGEN Inc. developing cancer therapeutics.