Saturday, March 12
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Westin Austin Downtown
310 E 5th ST
Gene sequencing. PCR. Recombinant DNA. Advances in biotech offer a wealth of possibility for innovation. Medicines, greener production modes, de-extinction are part of the emerging narrative, but so is concern. Without ”robust embedding” in society, technology falls short. The blossoming worlds of DIYBio & synthetic biology lessen the gap between those practicing in biotech & the non-PhD wielding public. Designers, engineers, & entrepreneurs are engaging in non-traditional collaborations with scientists, policy makers, & industry to construct an inclusive future. Biohacking is at the forefront of citizen science, expanding access by reducing costs. Find out more open the “black box” of bio.
Karen Ingram & Associates & The Empiricist League
KAREN INGRAM is a designer, artist and creative director who uses her skill set to promote scientific awareness. Ingram recently completed visuals as a co-author of Biobuilder (O’Reilly), a synthet...Show the rest
KAREN INGRAM is a designer, artist and creative director who uses her skill set to promote scientific awareness. Ingram recently completed visuals as a co-author of Biobuilder (O’Reilly), a synthetic biology curriculum. She is a co-organizer of Brooklyn science cabaret, The Empiricist League, and is a programming committee member of SXSW Interactive. She is an instructor on the subject of creative strategy for NYU SHERP’s Entrepreneurial Science Journalism course. Her work has appeared in many publications including titles from Die Gestalten (Berlin), Scientific American, and The FWA, where she was named a “Digital Pioneer.” As a 2015 Synthetic Biology LEAP (Leadership Excellence Accelerator Program) fellow, Karen is recognized as an emerging leader in synthetic biology.Hide the rest
Computational Biologist Postdoctoral Fellow
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Dr. Sarah Richardson is from Baltimore, MD. She received a B.S. in biology from the University of Maryland in 2004 and a PhD in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology from Johns Hopkins University Sc...Show the rest
Dr. Sarah Richardson is from Baltimore, MD. She received a B.S. in biology from the University of Maryland in 2004 and a PhD in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2011. Her graduate research on the algorithms for engineering and assembling a chemically synthetic yeast genome was supported by a DOE CSGF fellowship. Sarah joined the DOE Joint Genome Institute in 2012 as a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in Genomics to work on massive scale synthetic biology projects. She transitioned to the DOE Joint Bioenergy Institute in 2014 and is currently working on improving JBEI’s host engineering capabilities as well as the application of novel genome editing technologies. In 2015 she was awarded both a Synthetic Biology Leadership Excellence Accelerator Program Fellowship and a L’Oréal For Women in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship, both of which she is using to improve the engineering of non-model bacteria and their CRISPR systems.Hide the rest
Thomas Landrain is co-founder and president of La Paillasse, the first french and world largest community lab that fosters open science and technology. He claims that there is no monopole for great...Show the rest
Thomas Landrain is co-founder and president of La Paillasse, the first french and world largest community lab that fosters open science and technology. He claims that there is no monopole for great ideas and has been working on re-founding the concept of science laboratory for the upcoming era of collective intelligence, fast prototyping and big data. He first did a career in academia after graduating in Genetics from Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris and co-founded the first french synthetic biology lab at Genopole where he did his PhD. He is also the co-founder and CEO of the young startup PILI that created the first renewable and safe inks to be biologically synthesised by bacteria. Thomas is a strong advocate of open science and one of the most prominent spokesman for biohacking/DIYbio, travelling the world as a speaker to share his visions and thoughts on the upcoming open biotech revolution. Thomas is also a mentor for Indiebio, one of the world's first accelerator programs for new age synthetic biology start-ups.
Today, La Paillasse has grown into an international network of laboratories with all necessary ressources to conduct prototyping and R&D projects, available to any person wishing to use it. It attracts a large number of budding biologists, physicists, engineers, designers and artists. The last Open Science program launched by La Paillasse is Epidemium, in partnership with Roche Laboratories. Epidemium is an ambitious scientific program tailored for collaborative research that seeks to transform the way we perform cancer epidemiology studies by using only shared and open data.
PhD Candidate & Lecturer
Athena Institute VU University Amsterdam
Wieke Betten is a social science and bioethics PhD researcher and lecturer at the Athena Institute at the VU University of Amsterdam. Her research project focuses on societal and ethical aspects of...Show the rest
Wieke Betten is a social science and bioethics PhD researcher and lecturer at the Athena Institute at the VU University of Amsterdam. Her research project focuses on societal and ethical aspects of synthetic biology. Since 2011 Wieke has been involved in the iGEM competition, both as an advisor and a judge. She was involved in the European SYNENERGENE project, collaborating with eight iGEM teams in ‘real-time’ technology assessments. Wieke also works as an instructor at the Open Wetlab of Waag society in Amsterdam. Together with Waag society she conducts a study on Trust Me I'm an Artist, a European project on ethical issues around art science collaborations. In 2015, she was selected to be a fellow in the synthetic biology Leadership Excellence Accelerator Program (LEAP). Wieke obtained a MSc in Medicine and a MSc in Management, Policy-analysis and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences, both from the VU University in Amsterdam. Wieke received a grant from The Creative Industries Fund NL to participate in SXSW 2016.Hide the rest