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Monday, March 16 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Era of the Microbiome

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We live in a microbial world. You are covered in a cloud of about 100 trillion microorganisms, collectively known as your microbiome. Your home, and every environment you interact with, all host complex microbial ecosystems. We are just beginning to realize the potential that understanding these microbial communities holds for human health. What if in the near future, instead of relying on pills of chemically synthesized drugs, medicines relied on the trillions of beneficial microbes that naturally colonize our bodies? What if we could fine-tune the makeup of our microbiome to prevent and treat infectious, autoimmune, metabolic, or psychiatric diseases? Or are we overpromising? Given the tremendous potential of the field to impact human health, how should scientists and companies manage public expectations?

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Jonathan Eisen

Professor, UC Davis
Jonathan Eisen is a Full Professor at the University of California, Davis with appointments in the School of Medicine and the College of Biological Sciences. Dr. Eisen’s research focuses on communities of microbes and how they provide new functions – to each other or to a host... Read More →
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Robert Langer

University Professor, PureTech Ventures Sr Partner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology/PureTech Ventures
Robert Langer is an Institute Professor at MIT (there are 11 Institute Professors at MIT; being an Institute Professor is the highest honor that can be awarded to a faculty member). His h-index of 205 is the highest of any engineer in history and he has 1,080 issued and pending patents... Read More →
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Bernat Olle

Principal, PureTech Ventures
Dr. Bernat Olle is a Principal at PureTech. In 2013 Dr. Olle was named "Innovator of the Year" in MIT Technology Review Spain's "Innovators under 35" awards. He has been a member of the founding teams of Follica, Inc, Vedanta Biosciences, and Enlight Biosciences. He serves as the... Read More →
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Carl Zimmer

Writer/Lecturer, The New York Times
Carl Zimmer is a columnist for the New York Times, where he writes each week about new advances in science. He is the author of a dozen books about science, including Parasite Rex, Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea, and Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed. Zimmer is a frequent... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 203-204

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