Biochemistry as programmable nanoscale engineering-Andrew Hessel-01/08/2013 - 6:00pm

Event Information
Event Topic: 
Biochemistry as programmable nanoscale engineering
Event Date: 
01/08/2013 - 6:00pm
Event Location: 
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto CA
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Event Speaker: 
Andrew Hessel
Event Speaker Title: 
Distinguished Researcher
Event Speaker Company: 
AutoDesk
Event Speaker Bio: 

Andrew Hessel

Autodesk Distinguished Researcher Andrew Hessel is a future-oriented catalyst in biological technologies, helping industry, academics, and regulators better understand the changes happening in life science. Trained in microbiology and genetics, Andrew has continually worked at the forefront of life science. He is faculty at Singularity University, where he co-chaired the Biotechnology and Bioinformatics track until 2012 and now helps startup biotechnology companies organize and launch. He is also a fellow at the University of Ottawa, Institute for Science, Society, and Policy and the founder of the world’s first cooperative biotechnology company, the Pink Army Cooperative, which is working to create open source cancer therapies for cancer. Andrew has given dozens of invited talks related to synthetic biology for groups that include Intel Inc., the FBI, and the United Nations.

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Compared to biochemisty, other forms of manipulating matter at the atomic scale are crude. Historically, programming biochemistry, aka genetic engineering, was extraordinarily difficult, limiting economically what engineers could produce and bring to market. Today, with the emergence of synthetic biology, CAD-based genetic design tools coupled to DNA printers, biochemistry is becoming easier and easier to program. Economic and technical barriers are falling rapidly, fueling creative exploration. As biological mechanisms are harnessed, cells and subcellular systems become the dominant manufacturing paradigm not just for natural living systems but also for industry. Future perspectives will be provided using examples from computer hardware and software engineering.

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