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Tuesday, October 23 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Do-it-yourself biology movement in Latin America as a driving force of innovation and entrepreneurship

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Organizing institution: 
  •  Global Young Academy (GYA), c/o German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
Abstract
Do-It-Yourself Biology is a rapidly evolving and emerging social biotechnology movement, in which individuals, community groups, and small organizations study biology and life science using the same or similar methods as traditional research institutions. DIY Biology is primarily undertaken by individuals with extensive research training from academia or biotech and pharmaceutical corporations, who then mentor and supervise novice DIY biologists with little or no formal training. DIY Biology may be done as a hobby, as a not-for-profit endeavor, an open-science innovation, or for-profit business. In recent years, maker spaces and community Do-It-Yourself Biology labs have been opening across the globe, to harness an interest in learning and working in non-academic settings. Currently, there are about 16 DIY Biology groups with nearly 600 active participants and some 5,000 followers or one-time comers across Latin America and Caribbean. Many of the ideas developed within DIY Biocommunities have been translated and commercialized to drive innovation, economic growth and to address several SDGs. Success stories of DIY Biology include start-up ideas developed as part of DIY Biology community which have been turned into profitable multimillion biotechnology ventures. This open science movement attracts more and more enthusiasts each year, but what is the best approach to tapping at the potential of this rapidly growing innovation ecosystem to ensure maximum economic and environmental benefits?

Speakers
avatar for Alexander Kagansky

Alexander Kagansky

Director, Centre for Genomic and Regenerative Medicine, School of Biomedicine, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia
Alexander (Sasha) Kagansky is leading the Centre for Genomic and Regenerative Medicine, School of Biomedicine of the Far Eastern Federal University (Vladivostok, Russia) and is setting up an international consortium Biodiversity-to-Biomedicine (Bio2bio); he is also a Visiting Fellow... Read More →
avatar for Bart Kolodziejczyk

Bart Kolodziejczyk

Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
Bart Kolodziejczyk is a nanoscientist whose portfolio includes two biotech startups and three not-for-profit organizations. Bart holds two PhDs in nanotechnology and bioelectronics along with three masters. He is known for his advocacy in issues related to synthetic biology and nanowaste... Read More →
avatar for John Malone

John Malone

Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomics in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Institute of Systems Genomics at the University of Connecticut
John Malone is Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomics in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Institute of Systems Genomics at the University of Connecticut. His laboratory uses genetic, genomic, bioinformatic, evolutionary, and statistical approaches to explore... Read More →
avatar for Clarissa Rios Rojas

Clarissa Rios Rojas

European Commission, Ekpapalek and Ekpapalek Women, Global Young Academy
A scientist with more than 13 years of experience in conducting and planning multilateral scientific and non-scientific projects. Worked at the Agency for Environmental Assessment and Enforcement (OEFA), from the Ministry of Environment of Peru. Founder and director of a non-profit... Read More →
avatar for Sandra López Verges

Sandra López Verges

Health researcher at the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Health Studies (ICGES)
Dr. Sandra López Verges received her Bachelor in Biochemistry (2001), her Master degree in Microbiology speciality Virology (2003) and her Ph.D. in Microbiology speciality Virology (2007) at the Université Paris 7 Denis Diderot, Ecole Normale Supérieure d'Ulm and Pasteur Institute... Read More →
avatar for Khalisah Zulkefli

Khalisah Zulkefli

Research Associate in the Department of Biological Sciences at the School of Science and Technology at Sunway University, Malaysia
Dr. Khalisah Zulkefli is a Research Associate in the Department of Biological Sciences at the School of Science and Technology at Sunway University, Malaysia. She obtained both her PhD (2018) and BSc (Hons) (2012) from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research was mainly... Read More →


Tuesday October 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Salón San Blás Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall