We have a few major announcements to make! For starters we have a fantastic event planned for 6:30pm on July 15th, with venue and food generously provided by Two Sigma! Please note that your meetup RSVP must include the full name of both you and your guests otherwise you will not get into the building.
The event will feature two amazing speakers:
- Dr. Steve Gullans: Managing Director of Excel Venture Management. Dr. Gullans will be discussing his new book "Evolving Ourselves: Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Changing Life on Earth.”
- Dr. Ellen Jorgensen: Co-Founder and Executive Director of Genspace. Dr. Jorgensen will be discussing the future of biohacking and how bio-innovation is quickly spreading throughout the country via DIY biohackerspaces.
More details on both speakers can be found below!
Finally, please note that "SingularityNYC" will be changing its name to "FuturismNYC" effective next week. This change is made in part to accurately reflect our association with Futurism.com and to help attract top speakers to future sessions. This will be discussed at our upcoming event, but if you have any concerns feel free to respond to this message.
Dr. Steve Gullans
Steve Gullans, Ph.D., is an author, scientist, entrepreneur, and biotech investor. He loves innovation and has spoken widely, including at TED and TEDx. He and Juan Enriquez recently co-authored Evolving Ourselves, a book that provides a sweeping tour of how humans are changing the course of evolution—sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. He is currently Managing Director at Excel Venture Management where he invests in young life science companies with transformative technologies. Previously he was a professor at Harvard Medical School where he published more than 130 scientific papers and was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Steve lives in Boston where he enjoys working with young entrepreneurs, playing golf and tennis, and teaching his granddaughter to say, “We want ice cream for dinner.”
Dr. Ellen Jorgensen
Dr. Ellen Jorgensen has passed along the following short blurb about her talk.
"BioHackerspaces, shared labs that cater to biology and genetic engineering projects, are spreading across the world. Labs such as Genspace in Brooklyn offer unfettered public access to shared equipment and supplies at a low price point and thus attract inventors, both professional and amateur. A typical biohackerspace has a rich cultural community- professional scientists, bioartists, students and hobbyists all meet and exchange ideas and skills. The first successful startups are beginning to emerge from these interactions, and the future of bio-innovation may not rest in the hands of the usual institutional players if this trend continues."
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