Scott Pownall, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and President
Open Science Network Society

Engineering Biology with Open Source Tools

Fri Jan 28 2022 01:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Please join the Iranian Engineers of BC Association (IEBCA) in an informative webinar presentation by Dr. Scott Pownall, the President and Co-founder of Open Science Network Society. This virtual event (through Zoom Meeting) is in English and free of charge, and it is open to the public. Members of Engineers and Geoscientists BC may claim 1 Continuing Education (CE) Hour for attending the event.

The bioeconomy is an emerging field viewed by many as the next frontier and the future of sustainable manufacturing. Biofoundaries use automation for assembly of multi-part DNAs to create engineered bio-systems. Traditional biofoundaries use expensive hardware/software and wetware technology that is beyond the reach of many throughout the world. Starting with open source software in 1983, the global open movement has transformed the landscape of opportunity and innovation for a wide variety of people. The release of the first open source 3D desktop printer in 2008 heralded the start of the open hardware movement and spawned the creation of low cost laboratory equipment. The Open Material Transfer Agreement (OpenMTA) was launched in 2018 and is designed to support openness, sharing, and innovation permitting the distribution of Open Wetware. Under the OpenMTA we are seeing the distribution of open DNA parts. This presentation focuses on this question: Can the Open Biofoundries using low cost open solutions based on an open software, hardware and wetware stack drive global innovation as did open source software? A Q/A session at the end of the presentation will provide an opportunity for the audience to receive answers to their questions from the presenter.

Location:

Online (through Zoom); please see the link below.

About the Speaker:

Scott Pownall, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and President
Open Science Network Society

Dr. Scott Pownall, President and Co-founder of Open Science Network Society, has a lifelong passion and curiosity for the world around him and this drives his diverse interests. He has been working with DNA-based technologies in industry, academia and community for over 30 years and provides consulting services in the field of molecular and cellular biology. He is a contributor to the BioBricks Foundation FreeGenes program and is the creator of the Open Yeast Collection, an open foundational and enabling framework released under the OpenMTA for contributing to the creation of an open, sustainable and equitable bioeconomy. He is also a collaborator with the UK-based Open Bioeconomy Lab and has acted as the primary Principle Investigator for the gold medal winning 2021 iGEM.org Team Open Science Global aka Team Friendzymes. Dr Pownall holds a PhD in Molecular Genetics from University of British Columbia.

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