Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things
June 23–25, 2015 • San Francisco, CA
Keira Havens

Keira Havens
CEO, Revolution Bioengineering

Website | @Keira_Havens

Keira Havens grew up in Hawaii, where she was fascinated by flowers, bugs, and the ocean. After receiving her bachelor’s in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2004, she accepted a commission in the United States Air Force. She left active duty to pursue a degree in a synthetic biology laboratory and received her M.S. from Colorado State University in 2014. As part of her academic work on detector plants, she encountered an interesting paradox – the same people who disliked agricultural GMOs liked the idea of this applied biotechnology. It was biotechnology that they could see a benefit in, a biotechnology that amazed and delighted. Keira wanted to bring more wonder into the world through science, and so she founded Revolution Bioengineering with colleague Nikolai Braun. Their goal: to make biotechnology beautiful, starting with flowers that change color throughout the day.


4:35pm–5:15pm Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Location: Generals Residence
Keira Havens (Revolution Bioengineering), Nikolai Braun (Revolution Bioengineering)
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The conversation around bioengineering alternates between visions of a truly sustainable society in the far future, and unknown dystopian horrors just around the corner. How do we transcend these stereotypes? We make biotechnology beautiful and personal. Beauty captures the imagination in a way that practical and necessary advances can’t – we’re leading the way with color-changing flowers. Read more.