email: ahessel (at) gmail (dot) com
Skype: search for "Andrew Hessel", ahessel (at) gmail (dot) com
I am a consultant and catalyst for open source biology, synthetic biology, the international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) program, DIYbio and open innovation models. I am also faculty and co-chair of the biotechnology and bioinformatics track at the Singularity University, located at the NASA Ames campus, near Mountain View, California.
My goal is to help people better understand and use next-generation biotechnologies.
Business and Consulting
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. Open source biotechnology can move faster than big pharma and make personalized medicines affordable. Today you can order a personalized genetic screen for a few hundred dollars. In five years it will be possible to get custom-made personalized cancer treatments. It's not magic. It's just that biotech has gone exponential, like Moore's law.
For more information, check out the Pink Army website.
Q Squared Consulting Inc.
My consulting work (and life) is managed through Q Squared, an Alberta-based consulting company, founded in 2009. Inquire for rates and availability.
I co-chair the Biotechnology and Bioinformatics track at the Singularity University (SU), an interdisciplinary university whose mission is to prepare leaders for accelerating technological change.
Sustainable Communities Working Group, Calgary
OSLI Communications Workshop, Calgary
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
Open Source Therapeutics. UofA Digital Biology Meeting, March 17, 2008
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Overview of Synthetic Biology, February 2008.