The Promise of Biotech

The Promise of Biotech
Due to the breadth of certain topics, three program tracks will offer conversations across both Fest 1 and Fest 2. Additionally, focused attention will be given to four different subjects during each half of the Festival. Spotlight: Health kicks off the week as a focused, two-and-a-half day forum.
The Promise of Biotech
The Promise of Biotech
Biotechnology, in brief, can be defined as the application of technical advances in life science to develop commercial products. The field draws from studies and applications in such fields as genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, embryology, and biochemistry, to name a few. The 21st century, often described as the "century of biology," will experience exponential growth in the implementation of biotechnologies globally. But pharmaceuticals, crops, and livestock, for example, which tend towards the most commonly known applications of biotech today, comprise just the tip of the iceberg.
Ten years hence, how will the worlds of food, fuel, medicine, and manufacturing be transformed by advances in this remarkable field? How will society balance the promise of progress with very real challenges to ecosystems and even the human body? Will society look to advances in biotechnology to solve some of the catastrophic challenges we face in climate change, global health, and food production?
2014