Keynote – The Golden Age of Genomics

Tuesday September 25th, 2018 // 9:15 am - 10:00 am // North Ballroom

Nature is the ultimate genomic tinkerer, for billions of years running experiments and letting the results speak for themselves. A few thousand years ago, a particularly successful creature started running its own experiments, incorporating intention into the evolutionary process. Modern genomics, rooted in the understanding that DNA is genetic material, is a mere 150 years old. Many breakthroughs have been made – the identification of the nucleic acid bases, the structure of the double helix, the cracking the genetic code, DNA sequencing – just to list a few. The field is littered with Nobel prizes. Now we’re entering the golden age of genomics, where DNA reading, analysis, and genetic design are being supercharged by digital technologies. The implications for humanity and the environments that we touch are nothing less than profound.


Andrew Hessel

Humane Genomics

Andrew Hessel is a Distinguished Researcher with Autodesk Inc. in their Life Sciences group and the CEO of Humane Genomics Inc. His work focuses on using engineered viruses for good. He is also a founding member of the GP-Write leadership team advancing the international genomics effort to write large genomes, including the human genome. Andrew is faculty at Singularity University, a global community applying exponential technologies to solving the world’s largest challenges. A dynamic and inspiring speaker, his presentations introduce people to what’s happening on the leading edge of biotechnology and bioengineering.

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