Better Living Through Biochemistry
Speaker: Aled Edwards
Date: Sunday, June 24
Time: 11:15am – 12:15pm
Venue: Artscape Sandbox
Dr. Aled Edwards
Director and CEO, Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC)
Al is a scientist who now runs a multinational research organization called the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC), which is funded by foundations, governments and companies. As a driver of a new movement called “open science”, the SGC carries out science relevant to drug discovery and places all the results into the public domain without patenting anything.
As part of this effort, Al has started a new drug company called M4K Pharma (Meds 4 Kids), the first company that shares its science openly and is committing to price any new drug affordably. Al is also a Professor of Molecular Biology in Toronto and Oxford, is an Ashoka Fellow for social entrepreneurship, and was the science consultant for the TV series REGENESIS. He also has published a couple of hundred very geeky scientific papers.