Policy Horizons Canada, in collaboration with SynBio Canada, is launching a series of webinars on the convergence of biological and digital systems. The webinars provide an overview of disruptive innovations in the field of biodigital, and explore their potential implications.
The content discussed in the biodigital webinar series is part of Policy Horizons Canada’s ongoing foresight work. The content, discussion, and presentations do not represent the views of the Government of Canada.
We have Google folders for each of the Webinars. This will facilitate sharing useful information between us.
Please send us the documents you would like to share with webinar attendees ahead of time so we may upload them to the proper folder.
We ask that attendees not record or take screenshots of any part of the webinar without the permission of the presenters and Policy Horizons Canada.
We may record some webinars, but only if we have the explicit permission and consent of the presenter.
All recordings will be available on the Google folder in the week following the presentation.
Rules of Engagement
We do not attempt to predict the future, but rather explore it.
We invite the exploration of all possibilities.
Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts; there are no wrong answers.
We are not here to debate the plausibility but rather explore many potential implications, challenges, opportunities and scenarios.
All suggested outcomes will be treated as plausible, and we will strongly discourage debates on the likelihood of their occurence.
Be mindful that we are working online. Policy Horizons and SynBio Canada are not responsible for external problems that may arise, such as internet connectivity or uninvited individuals attending the session. We will do our best to avoid any issues within our control.
Attending these webinars requires registration. We will provide a link to register for each webinar session. Following registration, we will provide a Zoom link for each registered participant. Participants may share the registration link with their network if they would like to encourage others to register and participate.
As part of the Federal government, Horizons does not endorse comments or content shared via the webinars, nor does it engage the government of Canada in any way. This also applies to the content generated during foresight exercises such as influence cascade diagrams.
Ontario Genomics is pleased to partner with Policy Horizons Canada and SynBio Canada as part of the Biodigital Convergence Webinar Series. This panel discussion will examine engineering biology-driven manufacturing opportunities from an international perspective. Many leading G20 jurisdictions already invest significantly in engineering biology through public-private partnerships and industry. This panel will explore initiatives and strategies in the U.S., the UK, and Canada.
Dr.Doug Friedman, CEO, BioMADE & EBRC, USA Pari Johnston, VP, Genome Canada Dr.Kirk Malone, Director of Commercialization, UK Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub (Future BRH), UK Dr.Renee Wegrzyn, VP Business Development, Ginkgo Bioworks, USA Dr. Aaron Dulgar-Tulloch, Global Head of Research and Development, Director of Cell and Gene Therapy, Cytiva (formerly GE Life Sciences), Canada Dr.Bettina Hamelin, CEO, Ontario Genomics (Moderator)
Discussion topics include:
The biomanufacturing opportunities and challenges across jurisdictions
The impact on and opportunities for traditional economic sectors and industries
The convergence of technologies that enable innovation, commercialization, job creation, and economic growth
Opportunities for international collaboration
The impact of the pandemic on local supply chains
The power of biomanufacturing and engineering biology to address climate change and a greener economy through low-carbon emissions