Biologist and entrepreneur Craig Venter discusses the intersection between health, genomics, research and power.
Founder, Chairman & President, J. Craig Venter Institute;
CEO & President, Synthetic Genomics
in conversation with CHRIS ANDERSON, Editor in Chief, WIRED
Chris Anderson has served as editor in chief of WIRED since 2001. Under his leadership, the magazine has garnered nine National Magazine Awards and 19 additional nominations and has won the prestigious top prize for General Excellence three times. In 2010, AdWeek named WIRED the Magazine of the Decade. Anderson is the author of two New York Times best sellers, The Long Tail and Free: The Future of a Radical Price, both of which are based on influential articles published in WIRED. He is also a cofounder of 3D Robotics, an open source robotics company. Before joining WIRED, he was a business and technology editor at The Economist. He began his media career at the two premier science journals, Nature and Science. In 2007, Anderson was named to the Time 100, the news magazine’s annual list of the world’s most influential people.
J. Craig Venter is a world-renowned scientist. He founded the Institute for Genomic Research (now part of the J. Craig Venter Institute), where in 1995 he and his team decoded the genome of the first free-living organism. A few years later he founded Celera Genomics to sequence the complete human genome, work that culminated in a landmark 2001 publication in Science. Today the J. Craig Venter Institute, employing around 300 scientists and staff, continues to blaze new trails. In 2010, JCVI researchers created the first self-replicating bacterial cell constructed entirely with synthetic DNA. Venter also heads Synthetic Genomics, a private company dedicated to commercializing genomic solutions to global needs in energy, nutrition, and medicine. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received numerous awards, including the National Medal of Science, the Gairdner Foundation International Award, and the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize.