April 12, 2017 - Drew Endy, Founder of the Field of Synthetic Biology, Speaks at Georgetown Law

On April 12, Professor Drew Endy of Stanford University spoke to Georgetown Law students about the field of synthetic biology. Synthetic biology is quickly becoming one of the hottest engineering areas of biological science research, with a guiding principle that genes and cells can be programmed like computers. The class outlined the major challenges and the future of synthetic biology, which will have a profound effect on the law--one that has yet to be realized.

Bioengineering professor Drew Endy is widely credited with founding the field of synthetic biology. He developed the world's first "fabless" genetic engineering teaching lab in the new Bioengineering program at Stanford and previously helped start the Biological Engineering major at MIT. His Stanford research team develops genetically encoded computers and redesigns genomes. He co-founded the BioBricks Foundation as a public-benefit charity supporting free-to-use standards and technology that enable the engineering of biology (BioBricks.org) and co-organized the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM.org) competition.

Professor Endy serves on the US Committee on Science Technology and Law and is a new voting member of the US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity. He chaired the 2003 Synthetic Biology study as a member of DARPA ISAT, served as an ad hoc member of the US NIH Recombinant DNA Advisor Committee, and co-authored the 2007 "Synthetic Genomics: Options for Governance" report with colleagues from the Center for Strategic & International Studies and the J. Craig Venter Institute.

Esquire named Endy one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century.

Prof. Endy appeared as part of Georgetown Law's Legal Studies Colloquium on Edge Technologies, a course taught by Professor Laura Donahue that focuses on new and emerging technologies that are transforming how we think about the law. If you want to learn more about the class or see the readings from this week's lecture, please contact adz9@georgetown.edu

Professor Drew Endy

Professor Drew Endy