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SynBioBeta State of the Industry Town Hall with James Collins

James J. Collins is Termeer Professor of Bioengineering in the Department of Biological Engineering and Institute for Medical Engineering & Science at MIT. He is also affiliated with the Broad Institute and the Wyss Institute. His research group works in synthetic biology and systems biology, with a particular focus on using network biology approaches to study antibiotic action, bacterial defense mechanisms, and the emergence of resistance. James will join SynBioBeta founder John Cumbers for a conversation about the state of the synthetic biology industry. In light of COVID-19, we’ll also ask what the coronavirus pandemic means to innovation, our community, and our relationship with society. They’ll discuss:

  • How synthetic biology has surpassed expectations, and the work that remains
  • What his experience tells him about his outlook on the coronavirus response
  • How coronavirus is shaping the public relationship with science
  • The most important trends of the next five years

Friday, April 3, 2020, 8 am Pacific

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Kevin Costa

Kevin Costa

As Editor and Program Manager, Kevin leads SynBioBeta's digital media content, with the goal of telling the story of the people, companies, and ideas shaping the future with biology. Before joining SynBioBeta, Kevin managed the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center. His interests include public engagement, science writing, community building, and bikes!

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