Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Distinguished William F. Warren Professor of Biomedical Engineering Co-Director, Center for BioDynamics, Boston University;
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University
The World Technology Summit & Awards, presented by the World Technology Network in association with TIME, Fortune, CNN, Technology Review, Science, and Kurzweil Technologies, among others, at the TIME Conference Center has been called a gathering of "the people creating the 21st Century" -- the most innovative people in the world in science and technology and related fields. The conference theme this year is "SURVIVE 2012, PREPARE FOR 2021." Speakers ranging from Ray "Singularity" Kurzweil to Dan "Back of the Napkin" Roam to James "The Information" Gleick to Susan "President of the ACLU" Herman to Art "Scenarios" Kleiner take on the toughest issues facing us today so we can figure out how to navigate to tomorrow. An assortment of on-stage "demos" by Finalists from this year's World Technology Awards ensures that the audience has its finger on the pulse of current technological innovation. Culminating in the World Technology Awards gala ceremony from the United Nations Delegate's Dining Room, the overall experience is a concentrated peek at the future.
James Collins combines expertise in engineering, physics, and biology to design and build synthetic gene networks for applications in biotechnology and medicine and to reverse engineer the endogenous gene networks in bacteria that regulate their responses to antibiotics.
At Boston University, Jim is a William F. Warren Distinguished Professor, a University Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Center for BioDynamics, and Co-Director of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology. In 2008, he became the first Boston University faculty member to become a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.
His many awards include a MacArthur "Genius Award," a National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award, and the Lagrange-CRT Foundation Prize. He has been named to the Technology Review list of top 100 young innovators and the Scientific American list of top 50 outstanding leaders in science and technology. He co-chairs the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of Gene Network Sciences, and serves on the SAB of Joule Unlimited, Novophage, LifeWave Ltd, Ensof, and Synereca Pharmaceuticals.
The use of biology to solve problems and make useful products. The growth of the field is linked to the development in the 1970s of genetic engineering. Biotechnology merges biological information with computer technology to advance research in other areas, including nanotechnology and regenerative medicine. Today there are numerous commercial biotechnology firms that manufacture genetically engineered substances for a variety of mostly medical, agricultural, and ecological uses.