Aanika Biosciences has partnered with conference giant, Digital Life Design (DLD), to increase the public’s understanding of biotechnology
At Aanika Biosciences, our mission is to increase transparency within global supply chains. While we primarily use the power of biology to tackle this challenge, we also believe it is our responsibility to bring transparency to the public; transparency means educating the public on exactly what we (and others in the field do) and why we do it.
90s era biotechnology operated under a veil of mystery, leading to a backlash and bevy of misinformation. As we enter the era of programming the natural world to build new materials, devices and protect ourselves from the impact of climate change, engaging the public will be paramount.
To this end, we have partnered with Digital Life Design (DLD) and their web series format DLD Sync to launch “Conversations with Aanika” hosted by Dr. Ellen Jorgensen, Aanika’s Chief Science Officer. In each episode, Dr. Jorgensen will converse with key stakeholders in the field of biology and discuss its impact on the general public. Recent episodes have featured: Dr. George Church of the Wyss Institute, Andrew Hessel, Chairman of the Human Genome Project-Write, and Dr. Chris Mason of Weill Cornell Medicine.
DLD is a platform to exchange future visions and experiences driven by the mission to create a network of innovation, digital prospects, science and culture. DLD speakers have included Mark Zuckerberg, Eric Schmidt, Craig Venter, Arianna Huffington and other industry leaders.
Dr. Ellen Jorgensen is Chief Science Officer and co-founder of Aanika Biosciences. She holds a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from New York University and has spent over 30 years in the biotechnology industry. In 2009 she co-founded Genspace, the world’s first community bio lab where she became a worldwide voice for hands-on public engagement with biotechnology. Fast Company named Genspace one of the World’s Top 10 Innovative Companies in Education and featured Dr. Jorgensen as one of their Most Creative Leaders in Business in 2017. She is a SynbioLEAP fellow, recipient of a Shuttleworth Foundation Flash Grant, and an alumnus of the THNK School of Creative Leadership.
Her work has been chronicled by Nature Medicine, Science, Discover Magazine, Wired, Make, BBC News, The Washington Post, Dan Rather Reports, PBS NewsHour, The Discovery Channel, and The New York Times. Her two TED talks have had over three million views. Most recently she appeared on Ken Burns documentary “The Gene”.
Aanika Biosciences is a New York-based synthetic biology company that designs microorganisms for large commercial customers in order to increase traceability, transparency and mitigate various risks in their supply chains.