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Thinking Machines: Synthetic Biology

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Dr. Emily Leproust at the de Young museum as part of the Thinking Machines Conversation series

Dr. Emily Leproust

Koret Auditorium

Join us for this upcoming program and networking night, beginning at 6pm with a viewing of the special exhibition Cult of the Machine. At 7 pm, the conversation begins in Koret Auditorium. Continue the discussion and mingle at our cash bar (drinks and snacks) from 8–9:30 pm. 
 

How are innovations in DNA synthesis changing the landscape of medical research, industrial production, food systems, and data storage? What impacts will synthetic biology have on us and the planet, and how can we balance their ethical limits with their possibilities to change the world for the better?

Join us for the next program in the Thinking Machines conversation series, featuring Jane Metcalfe, co-founder of Wired magazine, former president of TCHO Chocolate, and founder of Neo.Life magazine; Annalee Newitz, editor of Ars Technica, founding editor of io9, former Editor-in-Chief at Gizmodo, and author of Autonomous; and Emily Leproust, CEO and co-founder of Twist Bioscience.   

Jane Metcalfe is an entrepreneur, board member, advisor, executive and investor in industries including media, tech, food, health, education, arts and real estate. Jane recently launched Neo.Life, an online magazine, in order to capture the stories of the people, projects, companies and ideas driving this Neobiological Revolution. As the Cofounder and former President of Wired Magazine, Jane and her partner Louis Rossetto created Wired Ventures Inc., a diversified media company whose businesses included Wired Magazine (US, UK, and Japanese editions), Wired Digital, including the search engine HotBot, and Wired Books. They were recently recognized for their creation with a Webby Award for Lifetime Achievement. More recently, she was the President of TCHO Chocolate, a craft maker of super premium chocolate, whose mission is centered on teaching cocoa farmers how to make better beans so that TCHO can make exquisite chocolate for consumers and food professionals. Since 2000, Jane has been a partner at Força da Imaginaçao, a business whose advisory and investment activities include media, technology, real estate and food companies. Current and previous board seats include the Stone Research Foundation, Wired Ventures, TCHO Ventures, the UC Berkeley Foundation, the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Expression Center for New Media, One Economy Corporation, ZeroOne: The Art and Technology Network, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Jane Metcalfe graduated with honors from the University of Colorado with a degree in International Relations. Metcalfe has been featured She and Louis have two brilliant children she’ll tell you all about if you ask.

Annalee Newitz, editor of Ars Technica, founding editor of io9, former editor-in-chief at Gizmodo, and author of Nebula-nominated Autonomous; is an American journalist, editor, and author of both fiction and nonfiction. Her work focuses on the cultural impact of science and technology. She is the recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship from MIT, and has written for periodicals such as Popular Science and Wired. From 1999 to 2008 she wrote a syndicated weekly column called Techsploitation, and from 2000–2004 she was the culture editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian. In 2004 she became a policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She also co-founded other magazine with C.J. Anders, a periodical which ran from 2002–2007. From 2008–2015 she was Editor-in-Chief of Gawker-owned media venture io9, and subsequently its direct descendent Gizmodo, Gawker's design and technology blog. She is Senior Tech CultureEditor at the technology site Ars Technica. Recent books include Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction and the science fiction novel Autonomous. Newitz has a PhD in English and American Studies from UC Berkeley and has been featured in the Huffington Post.

Dr. Emily Leproust is the CEO and co-founder of Twist Bioscience and an early pioneer in the high-throughput synthesis and sequencing of DNA. Leproust is disrupting the process of gene synthesis to enable the exponential growth of synthetic biology applications in multiple fields including medicine, DNA data storage, agricultural biology and industrial chemicals. She has been named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers for fast-tracking the building blocks of life, and Fast Company named her one of the Most Creative People in Business for synthesizing DNA faster than ever. Dr. Leproust has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers–many on the applications of synthetic DNA–and is the author of numerous patents. She earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Houston and her M.Sc. in industrial chemistry from the Lyon School of Industrial Chemistry in France and has been featured in Business Insider.

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