Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Mountain View, California, USA, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, a California-based 501(c)(3) biomedical research charity that performs and funds laboratory research dedicated to combating the aging process. He is also VP of New Technology Discovery at AgeX Therapeutics, a biotechnology startup developing new therapies in the field of biomedical gerontology. In addition, he is Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, the world’s highest-impact peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging. He received his BA in computer science and Ph.D. in biology from the University of Cambridge. His research interests encompass the characterisation of all the types of self-inflicted cellular and molecular damage that constitute mammalian aging and the design of interventions to repair and/or obviate that damage. Dr. de Grey is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organisations. He is a highly sought-after speaker who gives 40-50 invited talks per year at scientific conferences, universities, companies in areas ranging from pharma to life insurance, and to the public.
Dr. Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a transdisciplinary artist and educator who is interested in art as research and critical practice. Her controversial biopolitical art practice includes the project Stranger Visions in which she created portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material (hair, cigarette butts, chewed up gum) collected in public places. Heather has shown work internationally at events and venues including the World Economic Forum, the Daejeon Biennale, the Guangzhou Triennial, and the Shenzhen Urbanism and Architecture Biennale, the Van Abbemuseum, Transmediale and PS1 MOMA. Her work is held in public collections of the Centre Pompidou, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the New York Historical Society, among others, and has been widely discussed in the media, from the New York Times and the BBC to Art Forum and Wired. Heather has a PhD in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is an artist fellow at AI Now, an Artist-in-Residence at the Exploratorium, as well as Science Center, and is an affiliate of Data & Society. She is also a co-founder and co-curator of REFRESH, an inclusive and politically engaged collaborative platform at the intersection of Art, Science, and Technology.
David Hewlett may not be a brilliant genetic engineer but he has played a few on TV! David is an actor with a contagious curiosity and passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. He has had the pleasure of playing Dr. Rodney Mckay on the International hit TV series Stargate Atlantis and starring in numerous film and TV projects, including Guillermo Del Toro’s Oscar-winning film, “The Shape Of Water” and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”. David has created The Tech Terrors, a STEAM Club for kids at my local school. The club is a magnificent, mad, mess of curiosity driven, technology exploration with a focus on assistive tech. Given the kid’s fascination with genetic engineering he is currently working on adding a Bioengineering component to the mix and launching a Makerspace studio to share our adventures from!
Hamilton Morris is a television and print journalist and contributor to Harper’s Magazine and National Geographic TV.
He is a correspondent for VICE on HBO, the science editor of VICE Magazine, and the writer and executive producer of the series Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia on Viceland. Morris has authored numerous scientific publications on the pharmacology, chemistry and history of psychoactive drugs. His reporting is focused on the role psychoactive drugs play in different cultures and the international drug trade.
Michael is a vice president at Founders Fund. He runs creative programming including Symposium (F50), the firm’s annual summit, and Shop Talk, the firm’s professional networking series. He also directs content at Founders Fund, and is the creator / producer of Anatomy of Next, the firm’s podcast. He is the author of Citizen Sim: Cradle of the Stars.
Jessica Polka, PhD is Executive Director of ASAPbio, a biologist-driven project to promote the productive use of preprints in the life sciences. Before becoming a visiting scholar at the Whitehead Institute, she performed postdoctoral research in the department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School following a PhD in Biochemistry from UCSF. Jessica serves as president of the board of directors of Future of Research, a steering committee member of Rescuing Biomedical Research, and a member of ASCB’s public policy committee.
Anastasia Synn is a stunt & magic performer, transhumanist and biohacker. A regular at venues in Las Vegas and Los Angeles including Brookledge, Scot Nery’s Boobietrap and the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood; she has performed on television in four countries and has toured North America as a featured performer for Gallagher and her husband of nearly 5 years, The Amazing Johnathan. Of late, she has been working on innovated uses of biohacking in magic and stunt performance for the purpose of advancing her transhumanist goals. She currently has 25 implants which she uses for magic, experimentation, and extended sensory perception. A self proclaimed wearables addict, she tracks many aspects of her life through technology and is working towards a future when we become one with our wearables and create new senses through implants. Anastasia has also been involved in politics, speaking against Nevada Bill 226 at the state capitol twice, which among other things, would make elective microchip implanting illegal.
Gabriel Licina is a Molecular Biologist and Open Source Biology enthusiast who has been building labs and developing biology projects outside of academia for about 10 years. He is currently focused on the areas of human health, longevity, and bioremediation so we don’t all burn to death while we’re drowning.
Ryan O’Shea is an entrepreneur and futurist speaker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the host of Future Grind, a podcast and video series that explores the ethics and implications of emerging science and technology. Ryan currently serves as the spokesperson for Grindhouse Wetware, a group specializing in technology to augment human capabilities. In 2017, Ryan co-founded the artificial intelligence startup Behaivior, which uses artificial intelligence and automated just-in-time intervention to solve the problem of addiction. Behaivior was recently named a Top 10 team in the third and final round of the $5 Million IBM Watson AI XPRIZE, and has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and others. Ryan has represented NASA and CalTech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Solar System Ambassador, and serves both as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and an ambassador for Pittsburgh AI. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and currently sits on the boards of numerous non-profits in Western Pennsylvania.
Zach Weissmueller is a producer at Reason. He has produced documentary shorts, video interviews, and feature articles for the platform since 2010. Some of his particular areas of interest include the regulation of the internet and emerging technology, free speech, medical freedom, sentencing reform, and the drug war.
Lars Soraas is a care-giver for wife who has stage IV lung cancer. Blogging about our journey at alunglife.com.
Misti Norris is the Executive Chef and Owner of Petra and the Beast; a small, thoughtful restaurant focused on the use of farms, foraging, fermentation and fire. Norris is a North Carolina native, raised in Houston Texas. 2016 she was named a James Beard Award Rising Star Semifinalist. Since the restaurant’s beginning a little over a year ago, it has already gained much recognition including being named one of Esquire’s Best Restaurants in America 2018, one of D Magazine’s Best New Restaurants in Dallas 2018, and the Dallas Observer’s Best Charcuterie Program 2018, and most recently included in the 2019 Best New Chef class in Food and Wine.