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== About Me ==
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== Contact Information ==
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I consult/network/evangelize synthetic biology technology and education, open source biology, the international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) program, DIYbio, and open innovation models, with a focus on Canada. I am also faculty and co-chair of the biotechnology and bioinformatics track at the [http://singularityu.org Singularity University].
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email: ahessel (at) gmail (dot) com (preferred contact method)<br>
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phone: 443.844.1309 or 780.868.3169<br>
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Skype: search for "Andrew Hessel", ahessel (at) gmail (dot) com <br>
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factsheet: see [http://openwetware.org/images/a/a5/ANDREW_HESSEL_BIOGRAPHY.pdf PDF]<br>
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website: http://andrewhessel.com
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My intention is to help develop a next-generation biotechnology industry – one that is better equipped to address major environmental, health, and manufacturing issues and deliver meaningful, effective, low-cost, and above all, safe and ethical and environmentally-friendly solutions.  I believe life technologies represent a different class of human technology and constantly work to tear down barriers and increase communication.  That's why I advocate open biology.  (My Canadian side is showing, isn't it.)
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== About Me ==
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I am not anti-industry.  I believe there are massive fortunes to be made, in fact that biotechnology is likely to be among the main economic engines of this century. I'd just like to see the giants of biotech resemble Google more than Microsoft.  (No offense Microsoft, you're terrific at what you do, but Google's business model fits better for programming DNA and metabolism.)
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I am a catalyst for open source synthetic biology.  I advocate that cells are living computers and DNA is a programming language. I want to see life programmed and used to solve global challenges so that humanity can achieve a sustainable relationship within the biosphere.
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My days are flexible and fun-filled. I travel a lot. I give talks.  I share a lot of stories.  Sometimes I write, but this is hard for me. In general, I try to raise awareness of the emerging tools and technologies with everyone, even those opposed to them or afraid of them, facilitate introductions and connections, and help groups or regions find the money and other resources necessary to take real and practical steps. I sincerely enjoy helping people achieve their goals.
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[http://about.me/andrewhessel About.me]
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[http://www.linkedin.com/pub/4/4b0/290 LinkedIn profile]
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[http://www.facebook.com/ahessel Facebook]
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I believe we are going to learn more in the next 50 years than we did in the last 1000.  I am not an expert on anything.  What I have an open mind and (usually) a grin on my face.
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== Educational Work ==
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I am picky about who I work with because I don't like to work.  I would prefer to be on a beach but right now feel I can better serve humanity by engaging with the nascent biotech 2.0 industry and inspiring young, up-and-coming bioengineers.  I don't need money or titles.  I do need to meet people in person to trust them, though, and gladly accept plane tickets, hotel rooms, and meals in order to do so.  I generally have a patronage appointment that covers my daily living expenses.  Right now, I am supported by a consortium of energy companies genuinely interested in collaboration and innovating for sustainable development. (I know it's hard to believe, but I am on the inside.  It's true.)  Past patrons have been the Alberta Ingenuity Fund and the Alberta Research Council.  I also work with MIT because I love and support the iGEM program.  If you are interested in participating in or sponsoring this program, you will get a fast response if you email me.
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'''Singularity University'''
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[http://www.linkedin.com/pub/4/4b0/290 LinkedIn profile]
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I co-chair the Biotechnology and Bioinformatics track at the Singularity University, located at the NASA Research campus. The mission of Singularity University is to prepare leaders for accelerating technological change. See http://singularityu.org for more information.
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[http://www.facebook.com/ahessel Facebook]
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== Business and Consulting ==
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== Advancing Personalized Medicine ==
'''Pink Army Cooperative (open source biotech)'''
'''Pink Army Cooperative (open source biotech)'''
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I am a co-founder, along with Jayson Tymko and John Carlson, of the world's first cooperative biotechnology company, the Pink Army Cooperative.  Our inspiration is open source software successes like Apache and Linux that compete with billion-dollar software giants.  We believe open source biotechnology can do the same with big pharma, and we're creating a community of professionals to build our own drug development company.  We're focusing on breast cancer to start, and because we're structurally different than any other biotech or pharma, we can take novel approaches to making medicines.  In fact, rather than use the conventional drug development "pipeline", famous for being slow and expensive, we're championing a new system that we believe will be able to produce safe, effective, and individually personalized medicines quickly and inexpensively today, and be faster and cost even less as further improvements are made.
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I am a co-founder, along with Jayson Tymko and John Carlson, of the world's first cooperative biotechnology company, the Pink Army Cooperative.
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Pink Army is growing quickly and is attracting more and more attention.  We're always looking for passionate experts and supportersMembership is $20, which gets you an equal share in the companyAfter this small investment, help us grow by sharing your unique talents. We're currently focusing on communications, web development, public relations, community-building, social networking, etc. but will soon be focusing more on the hardcore R&D.
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We're out to fundamentally change the way medicines are developed.  We're building a development system able to make drugs for just one person at a time.  This simplifies the science, manufacturing, testing, interpretation, risk, and liability -- all saving money and years of effortWhen we get it right, we then scaling the system to treat more people.
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We are not a cancer research groupWe're a socially-owned and backed biotechnology company out to make personalized therapeutics very, very fast.
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We're currently in the member acquisition phase, recruiting 2500 members to purchase a $20 share (this is equity, not a donation) and thus provide capital for the first R&D push.  Until this trigger point, all member capital is being banked.  No salaries or expenses are paid.  This is a truly member-owned, non-profit biotechnology company, something very different in the world of pharmaceuticals.
For more information, check out the [http://pinkarmy.org Pink Army website].
For more information, check out the [http://pinkarmy.org Pink Army website].
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== 2012 Activities ==
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'''Q Squared Consulting Inc.'''
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Please see http://andrewhessel.com
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My consulting services (and life) is managed through Q Squared, my Alberta-based consulting company, founded in 2009.  Inquire for standard rates and availability.
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== 2011 Speaking Engagements and Activities ==
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I frequently describe my subconscious, highly parallelized thinking processes as "squirrels".  These agents are skilled at seeing patterns in diverse information and finding unique paths forward to either enhance or change them.  Q Squared also delights in collecting nuts – people with odd skills in everything from game theory, to information technologies, to various types of human performance and artistic expression.  This stable can be configured and deployed quickly by Q Squared to brainstorm, collaborate, and participate.  We're always looking for really big challenges, more savants, and unconventional ideas or experiences.  Got any? Contact me.
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Singularity University Executive Program, Dec 3-10
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Quantified Self Europe, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Nov 26-27
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'''Singularity University'''
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TEDxAmsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Nov 25
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Daniel Reda and I co-chair the Biotechnology and Bioinformatics track at Singularity University, which focuses on systems and synthetic biology.  I am always looking for breakthrough ideas, activities, individuals and groups, etc. to share with the SU participants.
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Human Genetic Engineering Debate, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, Nov 23
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''From the SU website''
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TEDxBrussels, Brussels, Belgium, Nov 22
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Singularity University (SU) is an interdisciplinary university whose mission is to assemble, educate and inspire a cadre of leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies in order to address humanity’s grand challenges. With the support of a broad range of leaders in academia, business and government, SU hopes to stimulate groundbreaking, disruptive thinking and solutions aimed at solving some of the planet’s most pressing challenges. SU is based at the NASA Ames campus in Silicon Valley.
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Good Morning Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden, Nov 17
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Our Post Human Future, ISSB, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada Nov 15
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== Contact Information ==
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Techonomy 2011, Tucson, Arizona, Nov 13-14
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email: ahessel (at) gmail (dot) com <br>
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AECON Board Briefing, Mountain View, CA, Nov 4-6
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phone: 780.868.3169 <br>
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Skype: search for "Andrew Hessel", ahessel (at) gmail (dot) com <br>
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TEDxLosGatos, Los Gatos, CA Oct 26
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Flow State Summit, Malibu, CA Oct 22
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Intel, New York Comic Con, Oct 15-16
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Singularity University Executive Program, Oct 1-8
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Oil Sands Leadership Initiative Innovation Days, Sept 28-29
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Alberta iGEM Regional Meeting, Edmonton, Canada Sept 23-25
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ANBio Brazil Biosecurity Conference, Joinville, Brazil, Sept 19-22
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Biosafety and Biosecurity International Conference, Amman, Jordan, Sept 13-16
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Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Sept 7
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Telluride Film Festival, Telluride, Colorado, Sept 1-6
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SALLS 2011, Stockholm, Sweden, August 24-26
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Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm, Sweden, August 19
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HealthFOO, Cambridge, MA, July 15-17
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TED Global, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 11-14
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DARPA Living Foundries, Arlington, VA, June 28
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Synthetic Biology 5.0, Stanford University, June 15-17
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Autodesk IDEAS, San Francisco, May 22-24
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Medical Synthetics: An Introduction to Synthetic Biology for Medical Professionals, SU Futuremed Program, Mountain View, May 10-15
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Intentional Selection: A Look Into Our Biological Future, Museum of Tomorrow Visioning, CRIA, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 29
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Preparing Abu Dhabi for Exponential Change, ATIC-SU Meeting, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, April 19-20
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Flow State University Founders Circle, Standard Hotel, Los Angeles, April 13-14
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Patient, Heal Thyself, TEDxUSC, Los Angeles, April 12
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Singularity University Executive Program, NASA Ames, April 1-8
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Here be Dragons: Governing a Technologically Uncertain Future (Synthetic Biology), Google Inc., Washington DC, February 3-4
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Open Source and Regulation, Engineering Life and Ethical Practices (Course, with Laura Dress), Emory University, February 2
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== 2010 Speaking Engagements and Activities ==
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Hardware, Software, Wetware, Singularity University Executive Program (4 day), NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, December 9-12
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Personalized Medicine and Cancer as Information Technology, Biotech Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden, December 8
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Engineering a More Secure Future, United Nations Bioweapons Commission, ISU, Geneva, Switzerland, December 7
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It's Always Raining in Blade Runner, Danny DeVito/Rob McElhenney Technology Salon, Los Angeles, November 20
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Singularity University-FIAP Program, Sao Paolo, Brazil, November 9-15
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iGEM Track Judge, New Applications, MIT, Boston, MA, November 6-8
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Biology as an Information Technology, MILCOM 2010, San Jose, CA, November 1
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NASA-Synbio Meeting, NASA Ames, Moffett Field, CA, October 30-31
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Life, Programmable, Singularity University Fall Executive Program, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, October 13-22
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Understanding Exponential Trends in Life Science, Swedish American Life Science Summit 2010, Stockholm, Sweden September 29-30
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Open Source Genetics, IN|10 Interactive Exchange, Toronto, Ontario, September 13-14
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Building Bridges to Biotechnology, AAAS-FBI Joint Meeting, Boston, October 31-September 1
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Building Bridges (Extended edition), Stockholm School of Economics, Executive MBA program, Stockholm, Sweden, August 20
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Building Bridges: Health in a Digital Age, Leading Health Care keynote, Stockholm, Sweden, August 18
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Pink Army Cooperative, A drug company for everyone, Open Science Summit 2010, Berkeley, July 29-31
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Intelligent Design: An introduction to synthetic biology, IDEO, Palo Alto, July 29
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FBI-DIYbio Meeting, St. Regis Hotel, Washington DC, July 22
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Singularity University Graduate Studies Program, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, June - August
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Altered Carbon: Programming, processing, and economics. Humanity+ Summit, Harvard University, June 12-13
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Biology: Faster, Better, Cheaper, University of Alabama, Huntsville, May 20
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X Prize Foundation, Life Science Prize Final Development, May 13-17
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MoMo (Mobile Monday) Amsterdam, March 28
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Alberta SuperDesigner Workshop, Red Deer, March 25-26
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TEDx Edmonton, March 13
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X Prize Foundation, Life Science Prize Visioning, March 10
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Singularity University Executive Program (Winter), February 26 - March 7
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Sustainable Communities Working Group, Calgary, January 27-28
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OSLI Communications Workshop, Calgary, January 18
== 2009 Activities ==
== 2009 Activities ==
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TEDxSV, "The End of Cancer", Standford University, December 12
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Alberta Association of Colleges and Technical Institutes, "Driving Innovation", Banff, Alberta December 10
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H+ Summit, Irvine, California, December 5-6
Biomedical Engineering Distinguished Speakers Series, Energy & Environmental Engineering, University of Calgary, November 19, 2009
Biomedical Engineering Distinguished Speakers Series, Energy & Environmental Engineering, University of Calgary, November 19, 2009

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Contact Information

email: ahessel (at) gmail (dot) com (preferred contact method)
phone: 443.844.1309 or 780.868.3169
Skype: search for "Andrew Hessel", ahessel (at) gmail (dot) com
factsheet: see PDF
website: http://andrewhessel.com

About Me

I am a catalyst for open source synthetic biology. I advocate that cells are living computers and DNA is a programming language. I want to see life programmed and used to solve global challenges so that humanity can achieve a sustainable relationship within the biosphere.

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Educational Work

Singularity University

I co-chair the Biotechnology and Bioinformatics track at the Singularity University, located at the NASA Research campus. The mission of Singularity University is to prepare leaders for accelerating technological change. See http://singularityu.org for more information.

Advancing Personalized Medicine

Pink Army Cooperative (open source biotech)

I am a co-founder, along with Jayson Tymko and John Carlson, of the world's first cooperative biotechnology company, the Pink Army Cooperative.

We're out to fundamentally change the way medicines are developed. We're building a development system able to make drugs for just one person at a time. This simplifies the science, manufacturing, testing, interpretation, risk, and liability -- all saving money and years of effort. When we get it right, we then scaling the system to treat more people.

We are not a cancer research group. We're a socially-owned and backed biotechnology company out to make personalized therapeutics very, very fast.

We're currently in the member acquisition phase, recruiting 2500 members to purchase a $20 share (this is equity, not a donation) and thus provide capital for the first R&D push. Until this trigger point, all member capital is being banked. No salaries or expenses are paid. This is a truly member-owned, non-profit biotechnology company, something very different in the world of pharmaceuticals.

For more information, check out the Pink Army website.

2012 Activities

Please see http://andrewhessel.com

2011 Speaking Engagements and Activities

Singularity University Executive Program, Dec 3-10

Quantified Self Europe, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Nov 26-27

TEDxAmsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Nov 25

Human Genetic Engineering Debate, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, Nov 23

TEDxBrussels, Brussels, Belgium, Nov 22

Good Morning Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden, Nov 17

Our Post Human Future, ISSB, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada Nov 15

Techonomy 2011, Tucson, Arizona, Nov 13-14

AECON Board Briefing, Mountain View, CA, Nov 4-6

TEDxLosGatos, Los Gatos, CA Oct 26

Flow State Summit, Malibu, CA Oct 22

Intel, New York Comic Con, Oct 15-16

Singularity University Executive Program, Oct 1-8

Oil Sands Leadership Initiative Innovation Days, Sept 28-29

Alberta iGEM Regional Meeting, Edmonton, Canada Sept 23-25

ANBio Brazil Biosecurity Conference, Joinville, Brazil, Sept 19-22

Biosafety and Biosecurity International Conference, Amman, Jordan, Sept 13-16

Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Sept 7

Telluride Film Festival, Telluride, Colorado, Sept 1-6

SALLS 2011, Stockholm, Sweden, August 24-26

Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm, Sweden, August 19

HealthFOO, Cambridge, MA, July 15-17

TED Global, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 11-14

DARPA Living Foundries, Arlington, VA, June 28

Synthetic Biology 5.0, Stanford University, June 15-17

Autodesk IDEAS, San Francisco, May 22-24

Medical Synthetics: An Introduction to Synthetic Biology for Medical Professionals, SU Futuremed Program, Mountain View, May 10-15

Intentional Selection: A Look Into Our Biological Future, Museum of Tomorrow Visioning, CRIA, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 29

Preparing Abu Dhabi for Exponential Change, ATIC-SU Meeting, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, April 19-20

Flow State University Founders Circle, Standard Hotel, Los Angeles, April 13-14

Patient, Heal Thyself, TEDxUSC, Los Angeles, April 12

Singularity University Executive Program, NASA Ames, April 1-8

Here be Dragons: Governing a Technologically Uncertain Future (Synthetic Biology), Google Inc., Washington DC, February 3-4

Open Source and Regulation, Engineering Life and Ethical Practices (Course, with Laura Dress), Emory University, February 2

2010 Speaking Engagements and Activities

Hardware, Software, Wetware, Singularity University Executive Program (4 day), NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, December 9-12

Personalized Medicine and Cancer as Information Technology, Biotech Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden, December 8

Engineering a More Secure Future, United Nations Bioweapons Commission, ISU, Geneva, Switzerland, December 7

It's Always Raining in Blade Runner, Danny DeVito/Rob McElhenney Technology Salon, Los Angeles, November 20

Singularity University-FIAP Program, Sao Paolo, Brazil, November 9-15

iGEM Track Judge, New Applications, MIT, Boston, MA, November 6-8

Biology as an Information Technology, MILCOM 2010, San Jose, CA, November 1

NASA-Synbio Meeting, NASA Ames, Moffett Field, CA, October 30-31

Life, Programmable, Singularity University Fall Executive Program, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, October 13-22

Understanding Exponential Trends in Life Science, Swedish American Life Science Summit 2010, Stockholm, Sweden September 29-30

Open Source Genetics, IN|10 Interactive Exchange, Toronto, Ontario, September 13-14

Building Bridges to Biotechnology, AAAS-FBI Joint Meeting, Boston, October 31-September 1

Building Bridges (Extended edition), Stockholm School of Economics, Executive MBA program, Stockholm, Sweden, August 20

Building Bridges: Health in a Digital Age, Leading Health Care keynote, Stockholm, Sweden, August 18

Pink Army Cooperative, A drug company for everyone, Open Science Summit 2010, Berkeley, July 29-31

Intelligent Design: An introduction to synthetic biology, IDEO, Palo Alto, July 29

FBI-DIYbio Meeting, St. Regis Hotel, Washington DC, July 22

Singularity University Graduate Studies Program, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, June - August

Altered Carbon: Programming, processing, and economics. Humanity+ Summit, Harvard University, June 12-13

Biology: Faster, Better, Cheaper, University of Alabama, Huntsville, May 20

X Prize Foundation, Life Science Prize Final Development, May 13-17

MoMo (Mobile Monday) Amsterdam, March 28

Alberta SuperDesigner Workshop, Red Deer, March 25-26

TEDx Edmonton, March 13

X Prize Foundation, Life Science Prize Visioning, March 10

Singularity University Executive Program (Winter), February 26 - March 7

Sustainable Communities Working Group, Calgary, January 27-28

OSLI Communications Workshop, Calgary, January 18

2009 Activities

TEDxSV, "The End of Cancer", Standford University, December 12

Alberta Association of Colleges and Technical Institutes, "Driving Innovation", Banff, Alberta December 10 H+ Summit, Irvine, California, December 5-6

Biomedical Engineering Distinguished Speakers Series, Energy & Environmental Engineering, University of Calgary, November 19, 2009

Singularity University Executive Program, November 6-15, 2009

The Drive to Innovate, Conoco-Phillips, Calgary, November 3, 2009

iGEM 2009, MIT, Cambridge, MA October 30 - November 2, 2009 (attending only)

BIL:PIL, Building a Drug Development Pipeline for Personalized, Open Source Therapies for Breast Cancer. San Diego, October 30, 2009

TEDMED, San Diego, Oct 27-30, 2009 (attend)

SENS4, Cambridge, UK, September 3-7, 2009

Swedish-American Life Science Summit, Bionetworking Sessions, Stockholm, Sweden August 19-21, 2009

Singularity University, Introduction to synthetic biology and applications, July 20-21, 2009

iGEM Ontario Regional, University of Waterloo, May 29, 2009

SciBarCamp 2009, Toronto, May 8-9, 2009

Oil Sands Leadership Initiative keynote and meeting, Calgary, April 15-16, 2009

2008 Talks, Conferences, Posters

Convergence 08, Panel Debate, Talk, November 15-16, 2008

iGEM Jamboree, MIT, Cambridge, MA, November 7-9, 2008 (Chairing iGEM Canada session)

Singularity Summit 2008, San Jose, CA, October 25, 2008 (attending)

UofC Engineering, Calgary, Sept 24, 2008 (Engineering Biology)

SciFoo, Mountain View, CA, August 8-10, 2008

BioBarCamp, Palo Alto, CA, August 6-7, 2008

Science Cafe, Telus World of Science and Alberta Ingenuity, Edmonton, May 6, 2008

Sanofi Aventis BioTalent Challenge Keynote, Calgary, April 23, 2008

Sanofi Aventis BioTalent Challenge Keynote, Edmonton, April 16, 2008

Civil Society Synthetic Biology Teach-In, Washington DC, April 14, 2008 PDF

TEC Edmonton, Open Source Therapeutics, round 2, March 31, 2008

TEC Edmonton, Open Source Therapeutics, March 19, 2008

Overview of iGEM program, Edmonton Catholic School Board, March 18, 2008

Open Source Therapeutics. UofA Digital Biology Meeting, March 17, 2008

National Post Article on SciBarCamp by David Sachs.

Synbio Debate w/ Jim Thomas, ETC group; open source therapeutics scibarcamp, Toronto, May 14-16, 2008

Synthetic Biology and Nanotechnology: Opportunities and Implications for Alberta, Green Paper and Talk, Banff, March 5-6, 2008

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Overview of Synthetic Biology, February 2008.

2007 Talks and Posters

iGEM and Synthetic Biology: Opportunities for Canada, University of Ottawa, November 23, 2007 audio by request

SemBioSys Biotechnologies, Calgary, Alberta, October 26, 2007

Synthetic Biology, Risks, Rewards, and Opportunities, Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton, October 23 audio by request

Synthetic Viruses Targeting Cancer, SENS 3, Cambridge UK, September 7Video

Overview of synthetic biology, University of Lethbridge, July 19

University of Alberta Department Chairs and Divisional Directors Meeting, July 4

SB3.0 Poster -- iGEM: A case study for open source biological engineering

MIT TTT Canada overview May 26 Video

Digital Genetic Engineering, Google, May 3 Video

Alberta Ingenuity, January 17/18

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