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Friday, March 13 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Synthetic Biology: Learn, Do, and Dream

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This panel will explore the advancement of biotechnology education through entry-level technologies, such as Rapid DNA Prototyping (RDP) Kits, #ScienceHacks (sciencehack.synbiota.com), the Synbiota platform (synbiota.com), as well as other citizen science initiatives in synthetic biology. The panelists will explore the implications for security and education as these technologies enter the workplaces and minds of newbie scientists.
Novice-welcoming synbio and biohacker projects that get science enthusiasts “learning by doing” have dramatically transformed the shape of the potential future scientist’s gateway into synthetic biology, and have influenced the direction of regulatory and policy making efforts. At the same time, they have extended and enriched the toolkits of traditional researchers in exciting scientific cases that will be explored.

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Rob Carlson

Managing Director, Bioeconomy Capital
Rob Carlson is the Managing Director at Bioeconomy Capital, which invests in early stage biotechnology companies, and is a Principal at Biodesic, a consulting firm that focuses on strategy, security, and engineering at the intersection of biotechnology and the economy.
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Connor Dickie

CEO, Synbiota
Connor Dickie co-founded Synbiota to accelerate biotechnology R&D. Synbiota is a rapid prototyping software/wetware platform that puts the power of life into the hands of scientists and enthusiasts around the globe. Connor is an alumnus of the MIT Media Lab where he created context-sensitive... Read More →
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Joi Ito

Dir, MIT Media Lab
Joichi Ito is the Director of the MIT Media Lab. He is a Board Member of Sony Corporation, The New York Times Company, The MacArthur Foundation, The Knight Foundation, The Mozilla Foundation and co-founder and board member of Digital Garage. He has created numerous Internet companies... Read More →
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Orkan Telhan

Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Orkan Telhan is interdisciplinary artist, designer and researcher whose investigations focus on the design of interrogative objects, interfaces, and media, engaging with critical issues in social, cultural, and environmental responsibility. Telhan is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
JW Marriott Salon 2

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