Raymond McCauley

Chair

Digital Biology

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Areas of Expertise

GGC-Health  •  GGC-Food  •  Biotech  •  Digital Biology  •  Longevity

About Raymond

Founding faculty and chair, Digital Biology, at Singularity University.
On the team that invented next-generation DNA sequencing.
Runs, advises and invests in biotech companies.
Systems biologist, bioinformaticist, biophysicist, computer scientist, storyteller.
Co-founded BioCurious, the world’s first (and best) biohackerspace.
I think kids should hack biology the way they do Legos, there should be more biotech startups than Starbucks. I want to do for science communications what Disney did for cartoons.

The Biotechnology Century | Raymond McCauley | Singularity University Global Summit

Biotech | Ask an Expert | Singularity University

Coming of Age in the Biotech Century | TEDxBerlin

Speaking Topics

  • Biotechnology

    We review advances in genomics, genetic engineering, cellular agriculture, systems biology, and personalized medicine. Tools once restricted to biotechnology professionals are democratizing, becoming more like personal computers and smartphones, and appearing everywhere. What does this mean for our jobs, our families, our lives, and ourselves? And what’s coming next?

  • Digital Biology: Hacking DNA for Fun & Profit

    We review advances in genomics, genetic engineering, cellular agriculture, systems biology, and personalized medicine. Tools once restricted to biotechnology professionals are democratizing, becoming more like personal computers and smartphones, and appearing everywhere. What does this mean for our jobs, our food, our families, our lives, and ourselves? And what’s coming next?

  • Longevity

    Biotechnology is an exploding field. Since the completion of the human genome project in 2001, genetics has been transformed into a digital information technology, becoming faster, easier, and cheaper, year after year. These advances drive innovations to medicine, agriculture, energy, materials, and more, with world-changing ramifications. Tools once restricted to biotech professionals are democratizing, becoming more like personal computers and smartphones, and appearing everywhere. Plus, we are living longer than ever before, and longer than we expected to. What does this mean for people in the business of predicting lifespan? Finally, how can we use knowledge of this field to make financial bets in biotech – especially in the new industries and startups popping up around food, wellness, and genetic engineering?

  • Plants & Biotechnology

    Plants are the foundation of life: they give us food, fuel, fiber, and feed, and they are incredible platforms for biotechnology. You can produce vaccines, antibodies, nutrients, and specialty chemicals using sophisticated plant metabolisms. So why don’t we hear more about the plants that will save the world? In this session, you’ll find out why, and you’ll get hands-on experience with the plant cloning, by using stem cells to grow a whole new plantlet! That you can take home! (Or not! – we’ll also talk about legal restrictions.) Includes appearances by Revolution Bio and Agrilarity.

  • The Fast Forward Future of Food

    Few things are more intimate than a family meal, or the sustenance we take into our bodies. But technology is having huge effects on every single thing about our food, from the application of new sensors, robots, and AI in agriculture, to using gene editing and tissue engineering to affect the very nature of our livestock and crops. Can the perfect personalized diet now be planned with nutrigenomics, grown in a vertical greenhouse, then delivered to your automated kitchen using new tech and business models? Maybe. Find out when we discuss the fast forward future of food.

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