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.
The expertise of the participants and content generated may be used as part of the research for the biodigital study. However, no information from these sessions should be considered final content for the study. For more information on these webinars, please contact Avalyne Diotte or Pierre-Olivier DesMarchais.
April 30, 2020, 2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT
Pierre-Olivier DesMarchais, Foresight Analyst, Policy Horizons Canada
Avalyne Diotte, Foresight Analyst, Policy Horizons Canada
Dr. Benjamin Scott, President, SynBio Canada
May 7, 2020, 2:00pm – 3:30pm EDT
Leslie Mitchell, Co-founder, Neochromosome Inc.
Andrew Hessel, President, Humane Genomics Inc.
May 21, 2020, 2:00pm – 3:30pm EDT
Derek Jacoby, Victoria Makerspace
Kevin Chen, Bricobio, Hyasynth
June 4, 2020, 2:00pm – 3:30pm EDT
Gregor Reid, Seed
Trevor Charles, Metagenom Bio
June 18, 2020
Dr. David Edgell, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University
Dr. Pérez Escudero, Crowdfight Covid-19
July 2, 2020
Julie Legault, Founder, Amino Labs
Patrick Diep, Program Director at The Canadian Synthetic Biology Education Research Group
September 17th 2020, 10:00-11:30 am EST
Dr. Francoise Baylis, Research Professor, Impact Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University
Dr. Vardit Ravitsky, Professor at the Bioethics Programs within the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine of the School of Public Health at the University of Montreal
October 1st 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST
Jeff Passmore, CEO Passmore Group
Christopher Bush, Agricultural Centre of Excellence in Sustainability
October 15th 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST
Dr. Richard Fox, Co-founder, Infinome Biosciences
Naman Agarwal, Director of Business Operations, ProteinQure
October 29th 2020, 2:00pm – 3:30pm EST
Dr. Natalie Kofler, Founder, Editing Nature
Dr. Todd Kuiken, Environmental scientist and Senior Research Scholar with the Genetic Engineering and Society Center at North Carolina State University
November 12th 2020, 2:00pm – 3:30pm EST
Suzanne Brant, President & CEO, First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI)
Keith Williams, Director of Research and Social Innovation, First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI)
December 3 2020, 2:00pm – 3:30pm EST
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)
February 18, 2021, 2pm – 3:30pm EST
We’re kicking off the 2021 biodigital webinars with an exploration of biodesign, bio-fashion and bio-art! Join us to discover how designers and artists are experimenting with innovations in genetic engineering, DNA sequencing, DNA writing, and 3D bio-printing.
Veena Vijayakumar, Program Manager of Biodesign Challenge
Dr. Karen Hogan, CEO and Cofounder at Biorealize, Inc
William Myers, curator, writer (Biodesign published in 2018, Bio Art: Altered Realities published in 2015), and teacher based in Amsterdam
Dr. Jennifer Willet, Director of INCUBATOR art lab and a Canada Research Chair in Art, Science and Ecology at the University of Windsor
April 22, 2021, 2:00pm – 3:30pm EDT
Ehab Sayed, Founder and Director of Innovation @ BIOHM
Joseph Dahmen, Associate Professor at University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture