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Andrew Hessel

Genetic Futurist, Renowned Open-Source & Synthetic Biologist, Autodesk Distinguished Researcher

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 Andrew Hessel Biography

Andrew Hessel is a futurist and catalyst in biological technologies, helping industry, academics, and authorities better understand the changes ahead in life science. He is also the co-founder of the Pink Army Cooperative, the world's first cooperative biotechnology company, which is aiming to make open source viral therapies for cancer.

Trained in microbiology and genetics, Andrew has continually worked at the forefront of genomics, first to read and comprehend bacterial, human, and other genomes and, more recently, to write them. He believes the technology that makes this possible, called synthetic biology, is revolutionary and that it will eventually surpass information technology (IT) as an economic engine and driver of societal change. He speaks widely on topics that include cells as living computers, life science as an emerging IT industry, and biological safety and security.

Andrew is an advocate of open genetic engineering, believing that the field will increasingly resemble the software industry and give rise to open source, single purpose (app), and 'freemium' applications—and that it will be spearheaded by younger programmer-entrepreneurs. He is active in the iGEM and DIYBio (do-it-yourself) communities and frequently works with students and young entrepreneurs to help them be successful. From 2009 to 2012, Andrew was the co-chair of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology at the Singularity University, located at the NASA Research Park in Mountain View, CA. There, he educated graduate students and executive participants on the disruptive shifts underway in life science and helped them become actively engaged in these changes. In November 2011, he was appointed a fellow at the University of Ottawa, Institute for Science, Society, and Policy, focusing on how next-generation technologies shape society's future.

Andrew has given dozens of invited talks related to synthetic biology, for groups including Autodesk Inc., the FBI, the United Nations Biological Weapons Convention Implementation Support Unit, TEDx, Intel Inc., the New America Foundation, Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, the Oil Sands Leadership Initiative, Statoil and Chicago Ideas Week. His ideas have been featured in The New York Times, Futurist Magazine, H+ magazine, Wired News, and Atlantic Magazine.

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  • The Internet of Living Things

    How can gene-manipulation make our future better? And can you say no to it? In this talk, Andrew Hessel explores the fascinating “internet of livings things” inside us, our genes, is very open to manipulation—and the question is not whether we want it, but rather how and when. Andrew shares with audiences the parallels between IT and biology and reasons that Synthetic Biology will be the next big IT industry.

  • Synthetic Biology and Its Implications for Economy, Bio-security, and Global Health

    Biotechnology has experienced previous booms that have proven unsustainable. In fact, as an industry, is a lot like the airline industry, crucial but not profitable as a whole. Few realize that biotechnology returned its first profit ever just in 2008. Since then, it has struggled along with other industries affected by the ongoing global economic challenges. However, Andrew Hessel believes the biotechnological future is brighter than ever. Over the last decade, biotechnology has gone digital. It is on the cusp of delivering truly disruptive technological changes. And because biotechnology is central to all living things, this could bring societal shifts as well. Humanity entered 1900 largely as an agrarian society, without heavier-than-air flight, without computers, and with virtually no biological understanding of disease. We exited the century with nearly half of all people living in cities, exploring space, globally networked, and holding a draft of the human genome. What’s ahead? Noted futurist Ray Kurzweil says that compared to the last 100 years, we can expect 20,000 years of relative progress. If you’re not preparing for this change, you’re going to be swept away by it.

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Andrew Hessel

Genetic Futurist, Renowned Open-Source & Synthetic Biologist, Autodesk Distinguished Researcher

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Andrew Hessel Biography

Andrew Hessel is a futurist and catalyst in biological technologies, helping industry, academics, and authorities better understand the changes ahead in life science. He is also the co-founder of the Pink Army Cooperative, the world's first cooperative biotechnology company, which is aiming to make open source viral therapies for cancer.

Trained in microbiology and genetics, Andrew has continually worked at the forefront of genomics, first to read and comprehend bacterial, human, and other genomes and, more recently, to write them. He believes the technology that makes this possible, called synthetic biology, is revolutionary and that it will eventually surpass information technology (IT) as an economic engine and driver of societal change. He speaks widely on topics that include cells as living computers, life science as an emerging IT industry, and biological safety and security.

Andrew is an advocate of open genetic engineering, believing that the field will increasingly resemble the software industry and give rise to open source, single purpose (app), and 'freemium' applications—and that it will be spearheaded by younger programmer-entrepreneurs. He is active in the iGEM and DIYBio (do-it-yourself) communities and frequently works with students and young entrepreneurs to help them be successful. From 2009 to 2012, Andrew was the co-chair of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology at the Singularity University, located at the NASA Research Park in Mountain View, CA. There, he educated graduate students and executive participants on the disruptive shifts underway in life science and helped them become actively engaged in these changes. In November 2011, he was appointed a fellow at the University of Ottawa, Institute for Science, Society, and Policy, focusing on how next-generation technologies shape society's future.

Andrew has given dozens of invited talks related to synthetic biology, for groups including Autodesk Inc., the FBI, the United Nations Biological Weapons Convention Implementation Support Unit, TEDx, Intel Inc., the New America Foundation, Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, the Oil Sands Leadership Initiative, Statoil and Chicago Ideas Week. His ideas have been featured in The New York Times, Futurist Magazine, H+ magazine, Wired News, and Atlantic Magazine.

Andrew Hessel Videos

  • Andrew Hessel - The Internet of Living Things - YouTube
  • The Dark Side of the Double Helix: Andrew Hessel at TEDx Marin ...
  • Andrew Hessel - Introduction to Synthetic Biology - YouTube

Andrew Hessel Speaking Topics

  • The Internet of Living Things

    How can gene-manipulation make our future better? And can you say no to it? In this talk, Andrew Hessel explores the fascinating “internet of livings things” inside us, our genes, is very open to manipulation—and the question is not whether we want it, but rather how and when. Andrew shares with audiences the parallels between IT and biology and reasons that Synthetic Biology will be the next big IT industry.

  • Synthetic Biology and Its Implications for Economy, Bio-security, and Global Health

    Biotechnology has experienced previous booms that have proven unsustainable. In fact, as an industry, is a lot like the airline industry, crucial but not profitable as a whole. Few realize that biotechnology returned its first profit ever just in 2008. Since then, it has struggled along with other industries affected by the ongoing global economic challenges. However, Andrew Hessel believes the biotechnological future is brighter than ever. Over the last decade, biotechnology has gone digital. It is on the cusp of delivering truly disruptive technological changes. And because biotechnology is central to all living things, this could bring societal shifts as well. Humanity entered 1900 largely as an agrarian society, without heavier-than-air flight, without computers, and with virtually no biological understanding of disease. We exited the century with nearly half of all people living in cities, exploring space, globally networked, and holding a draft of the human genome. What’s ahead? Noted futurist Ray Kurzweil says that compared to the last 100 years, we can expect 20,000 years of relative progress. If you’re not preparing for this change, you’re going to be swept away by it.

FAQs on booking Andrew Hessel

  • How to book Andrew Hessel?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Andrew Hessel for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Andrew Hessel, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Andrew Hessel or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Andrew Hessel?

    Booking fees for Andrew Hessel, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Andrew Hessel, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Andrew Hessel?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Andrew Hessel for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Andrew Hessel for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Andrew Hessel or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Andrew Hessel or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Andrew Hessel is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Andrew Hessel for your event is available upon request. Andrew Hessel generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dave Gray, Jason Silva, Chris Hughes, Graham Hill and Gijs van Wulfen. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Andrew Hessel for an upcoming event.

Andrew Hessel Speaker Videos

  • Andrew Hessel - The Internet of Living Things - YouTube
    The Dark Side of the Double Helix: Andrew Hessel at TEDx Marin ...
  • Andrew Hessel - Introduction to Synthetic Biology - YouTube

Andrew Hessel Speaking Topics

  • The Internet of Living Things

    How can gene-manipulation make our future better? And can you say no to it? In this talk, Andrew Hessel explores the fascinating “internet of livings things” inside us, our genes, is very open to manipulation—and the question is not whether we want it, but rather how and when. Andrew shares with audiences the parallels between IT and biology and reasons that Synthetic Biology will be the next big IT industry.

  • Synthetic Biology and Its Implications for Economy, Bio-security, and Global Health

    Biotechnology has experienced previous booms that have proven unsustainable. In fact, as an industry, is a lot like the airline industry, crucial but not profitable as a whole. Few realize that biotechnology returned its first profit ever just in 2008. Since then, it has struggled along with other industries affected by the ongoing global economic challenges. However, Andrew Hessel believes the biotechnological future is brighter than ever. Over the last decade, biotechnology has gone digital. It is on the cusp of delivering truly disruptive technological changes. And because biotechnology is central to all living things, this could bring societal shifts as well. Humanity entered 1900 largely as an agrarian society, without heavier-than-air flight, without computers, and with virtually no biological understanding of disease. We exited the century with nearly half of all people living in cities, exploring space, globally networked, and holding a draft of the human genome. What’s ahead? Noted futurist Ray Kurzweil says that compared to the last 100 years, we can expect 20,000 years of relative progress. If you’re not preparing for this change, you’re going to be swept away by it.

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