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We are pleased to announce that our Keynote speaker will be Dr. Ellen Jorgensen!

Ellen Jorgensen Genspace, NYC New York University

Ellen Jorgensen is co-founder of Genspace, a nonprofit community laboratory dedicated to promoting citizen science and access to biotechnology. In 2011, she initiated Genspace’s award winning curriculum of informal science education for adults, and in 2014 Genspace was named one of the World’s Top 10 Innovative Companies in Education by Fast Company magazine.

Jorgensen’s efforts to develop Genspace into a haven for entrepreneurship, innovation and citizen science have been chronicled by Nature Medicine, Science, Discover Magazine, Wired, Make, BBC News, The Economist, Forbes, PBS News Hour, The Discovery Channel, and The New York Times. She has a PhD in molecular biology from New York University, spent 30 years in the biotech industry, and is currently on faculty at the Cooper Union.

Jorgensen’s TED talks “Biohacking: You Can Do It, Too” and “What You Need To Know About CRISPR” have received over two million views. Fast Company named her one of the Most Creative Business Leaders of 2017.

Want a sneak peek? Here are Ellen's TED talks: