Andrew Hessel

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Contact Information

email: ahessel (at) gmail (dot) com
phone: 780.868.3169
Skype: search for "Andrew Hessel", ahessel (at) gmail (dot) com
factsheet: see PDF

About Me

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.

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Interested in Genomics and don't know where to start?

Genomics is as complicated as you want it to be. Essentially DNA instructs cells to make things, including more of themselves. Everything else is a technical detail. Rather than teach endless reams of stuff, I ask young people or others starting out: Knowing that with DNA one can program any cellular component to any organism in existence today, or has existed (eg. dinosaurs), and possibly new components or organisms that nature didn't select for, what do you want to create or do?


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.

Singularity University

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.

Videos

Mobile Monday, March 28, 2010

Interview at Mobile Monday, March 28, 2010

The End of Cancer, TEDxSV, December 2009

BILPIL October 2009

Introduction to Synthetic Biology, Summer 2009

2010 Activities

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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