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Andrew Hessel

Andrew Hessel
Distinguished Researcher, Autodesk Inc.

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Andrew Hessel is a Distinguished Researcher with Autodesk Inc.’s new Bio/Nano Programmable Matter group, which is developing tools for designing living and nanoscale systems. He is also the co-founder of the Pink Army Cooperative, the world’s first cooperative biotechnology company, which is aiming to make open source viral therapies for cancer. Trained in microbiology and genetics, Andrew has continually worked at the forefront of life science. He believes that synthetic biology – genetic engineering supported by digital design tools and DNA synthesizers – is revolutionary and could rival electronic computing as economic engine and driver of societal change.


Location: Festival Pavilion
Andrew Hessel (Autodesk Inc.)
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Living systems are manufacturing masters, capable of producing tremendous complexity from molecular components in a robust and reproducible way, and fully programmable with the digital code of DNA. The future of manufacturing will see a shift from making to growing the things humanity needs to thrive, both here on earth and off-world. Read more.