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The panel on applying Design Thinking to biotechnology was well received, and I look forward to writing up my observations.

I’m now in Japan for a workshop on developing a biotechnology cluster. The U.S. biotechnology industry – the largest in the world – was basically developed with  strong  support from Japanese pharmaceutical and brewing companies. I look forward to developing new insights on what Japan can do to bolster its biotechnology industry.

I will be moderating a panel on the roles of biotechnology in development at the upcoming A Better World by Design conference at Brown University. The theme of the panel will be the promise and challenges of implementing biotechnology advances for public benefit, with a focus on topics such as disease prevention, agricultural improvements, and political hurdles.

The panel will be on October 1st at Brown University. For more details, see the A Better World by Design website.