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Audio and Presentations - OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN THE EMERGING FIELD OF SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY: A SYMPOSIUM

This website contains unedited verbatim presentations made by workshop participants and is not an official report of the National Academies. Opinions and statements included in this material are solely those of the individual authors. They have not been verified as accurate, nor do they necessarily represent the views of other workshop participants, the planning committee, or the National Academies.

Thursday, July 9

Welcome:  Ralph J. Cicerone, President, National Academy of Sciences

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Keynote Address:  Arden Bement, Jr., Director, National Science Foundation

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Session 1: Synthetic Biology Overview - Listen to Audio

Moderator: 

Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard University
 
Speakers: 

Drew Endy, Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University

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Paul Rabinow, Director of Human Practice, Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center

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Session 2: Public Policy – Government Perspectives and Approaches - Listen to Audio

Moderator: 

James Wilsdon, Director, Science Policy Centre, The Royal Society

Speakers:  

Adrian Smith FRS, Director General for Science and Research, Department for Business Innovation and Skills

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Huanming Yang, Director, Beijing Genomics Institute

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Session 3: Roundtable Discussions on Innovation in Synthetic Biology

Tools and Techniques; Enabling Innovation - Listen to Audio

Moderator:

Caroline Ajo-Franklin, Staff Scientist, The Molecular Foundary, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Speakers: 

Christina Smolke, Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University

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Cord Staehler, Chief Executive Officer and President, febit biomed gmbh

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Eco-Innovation - Listen to Audio

Moderator: 

James Greenwood, President and CEO, Biotechnology Industry Organization  
 
Speakers: 

Sven Panke, Associate Professor for Bioprocess Engineering, Department for Biosystems Science and Engineering, ETHZ-Basel

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Victor De Lorenzo, Research Professor, Spanish National Research Council, National Center of Biotechnology 

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Kinkead Reiling, Co-Founder and Senior VP, Corporate Development, Amyris 

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Vitor Martins Dos Santos, Systems and Synthetic Biology Group, Helmholtz Center for Infection Research

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Health and Medicine - Listen to Audio

Moderator: 

Richard I. Kitney, Director of the Graduate School of Engineering and Physical Sciences; Chairman of the Institute of Systems and Synthetic Biology; Professor of BioMedical Systems Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College

Speakers: 

Adriano Henney, Director, Obsidian Biomedical Consulting Ltd.

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Frank Notka, Manager, Research and Development, Geneart

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Roman Jerala, Head, Department of Biotechnology, National Institute of Chemistry - Slovenia

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Friday, July 10th

Welcome:  Charles Vest, President, National Academy of Engineering

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Session 4: Developing the Field; Needs of Academia and Industry - Listen to Audio

Moderator:

Pam Silver, Professor, Department of Systems Biology, Harvard University

Speakers: 

François Képès, Research Director, French National Center for Scientific Research and Founding Director, The Epigenomics Project, Genopole

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Randy Rettberg, Director of the Registry of Standard Biological Parts; Director, The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition; Principal Research Engineer in Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Richard A. Johnson, Senior Counsel and Senior Partner (Ret.), Arnold & Porter LLP and CEO, Global Helix LLC

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Session 5: Roundtable on Investment Models for Synthetic Biology - Listen to Audio

Moderator: 

Ed Lazowska, Bill and Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington

Speakers: 

Mark Waxman, Partner and Chair of the Health Care Industry Team, Foley & Lardner LLP

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Greg Kisor, Vice President, Investor Relations, Intellectual Ventures

Paula J. Olsiewski, Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

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Ioannis Economidis, Principal Scientific Officer, European Commission

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Session 6: Governance Issues Related to Synthetic Biology

Health / Safety / Environment - Listen to Audio

Moderator:

Helge Torgersen, Senior Researcher, Institute of Technology Assessment, Austrian Academy of Sciences
 
Speakers:

Takuji Wakita, Director, Department of Virology II, National Institute of Infectious Disease

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Jacqueline Corrigan-Curay, Acting Director, Office of Biotechnology Activities, Office of Science Policy, National Institutes of Health; Executive Secretary, Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee

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Security - Listen to Audio

Moderator: 

Iain Gillespie, Head, Science and Technology Policy Division, Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

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Speakers: 

Michael Imperiale, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Michigan

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Nicolas Bécard, Chargé de mission, Secretariat de la Défense Nationale 

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Session 7: Public Engagement and Participation - Listen to Audio

Moderator: 

Mike Rodemeyer, Lecturer, Science, Technology, and Society, University of Virginia

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Speakers: 

David Rejeski, Director, Foresight and Governance Project, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

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Robert Cook-Deegan, Director, IGSP Center for Genome Ethics, Law and Policy, Duke University

Adam Bly, Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Seed Media Group

Session 8: The Path Forward - Listen to Audio

Roundtable of All Session Moderators