Upcoming Events



“Innovation to Entrepreneurship: Fostering a Culture of  Research Translation”

Please join us for the 10th Annual UMCA  Agroforestry Symposium exploring innovation and entrepreneurship in the life sciences scheduled for January 30-31, 2019.

Notable speakers on the program include:  

  • Dr. Kelly Sexton, Associate Vice President for Research - Technology Transfer and Innovation Partnerships for the University of Michigan

  • Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou, Professor of Food Science and the Todd R. Klaenhammer Distinguished Scholar in Probiotics Research at North Carolina State University.

  • Dr. Christopher Daubert, Vice Chancellor and Dean, College of Food Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Missouri

  • Bill Turpin, CEO, Missouri Innovation Center and Interim  Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Development at the University of Missouri

  • Dr. Namrita Lall,  Professor of Plant Science,  University of Pretoria

  • Dr. Katie Thompson, CEO and Co-founder,  Elemental Enzymes

  • Dr.  Chung Ho Lin,  Associate Research Professor, Center for Agroforestry, University of Missouri

  • Matthew Wood,  CEO  and Founder of Probiotic Holdings, LLC

The 2019 Symposium will also feature panel discussions on themes of entrepreneurship, translation of research and building effective university-industry partnerships, a poster session, closing reception and an exhibit hall showcasing examples of successful entrepreneurship and commercial development emerging from both MU research and collaborations from around Missouri.

The event will be held at the Bond Life Sciences Center on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, MO (See map) and is scheduled for Wednesday,  January 30th ( 5:30-8:00pm) and Thursday, January 31st (8:00am – 6:00pm). The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested.  Please register to attend at:  goo.gl/iywnii

Not able to attend in person?  Join us via livestream! Details at:   goo.gl/qtzbZa

More information about the 2019 UMCA Agroforestry Symposium can be found in the at the following link:  http://www.centerforagroforestry.org/events/symposia.php


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Transitioning from Academia to Industry: The Role of Medical Affairs in a Modern Pharmaceutical Company

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

OCS, 54 Dunster St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Interested in a scientific or medical career away from the bench? Come learn about the different opportunities within medical affairs from three scientists who have already made the jump. They will introduce and field questions about the 2-year Biogen Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for all upcoming or recent PhD graduates interested in a hands-on opportunity to experience the different functional areas within medical affairs.

Guest speakers:

  • Ramon Iovin, PhD, Neuroscience, Boston University, Associate Director, Global Scientific Communications, Biogen

  • Lauren Robertson, PhD '18, Biological Sciences in Public Health, Harvard University, Worldwide Medical Post-doctoral Industry Fellow, Biogen

  • Linda Nguyen, PhD, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Boston University, Worldwide Medical Post-doctoral Industry Fellow, Biogen

Dinner will be provided. This event is open to Harvard PhD students and postdocs. Please RSVP for the event by contacting lauren.robertson@biogen.com


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For more information, check out the  Symposium Website  or email us at  jackie@scientistafoundation.org

For more information, check out the Symposium Website or email us at jackie@scientistafoundation.org


Consuming Genetics:
The Ethical and Legal Considerations of
Consumer Genetic Technologies

Conference Date: May 17, 2019

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School is pleased to announce plans for our 2019 annual conference: “Consuming Genetics: The Ethical and Legal Considerations of Consumer Genetic Technologies.” This year’s conference is organized in collaboration with Nita A. Farahany, Duke Law School, and Henry T. Greely, Stanford Law School.

Conference Description

Breakthroughs in genetics have often raised complex ethical and legal questions. Many regard their genetic testing and sequencing as revealing something intensely personal and private. The questions raised by these technologies loom even larger as genetic testing is becoming more commonplace, affordable, and comprehensive. At the same time, advances in CRISPR and other related technologies raise anxieties about the implications of editing our own DNA. One can imagine a future when gene editing may become as widespread as genetic testing is today. As genetic technologies become more accessible to individuals, the ethical and legal questions around the consumer use of these technologies become more pressing. This conference will examine some of these issues.

The rise of genetic testing has allowed individuals to gain new insights into their unique makeup. Already the global genetic testing and consumer/wellness genomics market was valued at $2.24 billion in 2015 and is expected to double by 2025. Amazon noted that Ancestry.com’s DNA test kit was one of their best-selling products on cyber Monday of 2018. The availability of these technologies inspires patients to act proactively to avoid medical conditions, such as when actress Angelina Jolie pursued a double mastectomy after genetic testing revealed that she was in the highest risk category for developing breast and ovarian cancers. The rise of direct-to-consumer genetic testing kits raises questions about the appropriate setting for these activities, however. For example, the Food and Drug Administration expressed concern about 23 and Me’s initial product offering, noting that delivering health-related results directly to consumers might cause these individuals to draw the wrong medical conclusions.

The increased ease of genetic testing and sequencing has also led to a sharp increase in genetic data and the rise of precision medicine. The rise of genetic databases raises significant ethical questions, especially around privacy concerns. In an age where serial killers are caught because their relatives chose to submit DNA to a consumer genealogy database, is genetic privacy for individuals possible? The economics here are significant. Consider the increased value of Myriad’s database of variances of unknown significance after the Supreme Court in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics held that isolated genes cannot be patented. Does the aggregation of data from genetic testing turn people into products by commercializing their data? How might this data reduce or exacerbate already significant health care disparities? 

While gene editing tools such as CRISPR are not yet as widely available as genetic testing technology, in some parts of the world their availability is already spreading. There have been reports that Chinese scientists have used CRISPR-Cas9 technology to genetically engineer the cells of at least 86 patients. Companies in the United States and Europe are expected to begin treating patients with CRISPR-based therapies this year. Many countries have drawn a line against germline modification, but this prohibition may be strained if gene editing technology is widely disseminated. Before we reach that point, this is the time to consider what ethical and regulatory safeguards should be implemented for when the time comes.

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