The 4th Annual Consumer Genetics Conference, taking place October 3-5 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, will include a keynote presentation by George Church that will provide a forthright and candid assessment of new sequencing technologies, including the emergence of nanopore DNA sequencing, current trends in personal genomics, and projections on the future path of medical genomics. A professor of genetics at the Harvard Medical School, Dr. Church will close the event's first day in an address that touches on his new book which will be launched hours prior: Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves (co-authored with science writer Ed Regis).
One of the best known and most highly respected molecular geneticists in the country, George Church is a pioneer in two broad areas of molecular biology: DNA sequencing technology and synthetic biology. He is the founder of the Personal Genome Project and founder or advisor to numerous DNA sequencing and genome analysis companies, including 23andMe, Knome, NABsys and Genia - major genomics, sequencing and direct-to-consumer genetics companies.
The opening day of the conference includes a number of marquee presentations, including Princeton professor Lee Silver (author of Remaking Eden), who will discuss whether the commercialization environment is currently optimized for personal genetic freedom. It will also include a featured presentation by Stan Lapidus, CEO/founder of SynapDx, who will describe successful business formation and value creation in diagnostics.