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Personal Genomics

Note: Attendees must sign waiver at the front entrance of Hacker Dojo.
Please park at designated spots only, to avoid ticket/towing.

A presentation on DIYgenomics
by Melanie Swan and Raymond McCauley

Prizes will be given to participants!

1:00PM Introductions and networking
Soft drinks and snacks will be served. 1:30PM Presentation by Melanie Swan and Raymond McCauley

Revolutionizing Biology with Personal Genomics


The cost of sequencing the human genome has been declining exponentially which has put applications within the reach of researchers and consumers that were only dreamt of previously. This talk provides a comprehensive overview of genomics, genomic sequencing technologies, the consumer genomics landscape, how genomic data is already actionable from a personal perspective, and a new effort in DIYgenomics citizen science with peer-based research cohorts to replicate and extend genomic studies.


Melanie Swan - Principal, MS Futures Group

Melanie Swan is a genomics researcher, hedge fund manager, and leader in the Health 2.0 movement. She is focused on translational research in emerging high-impact science areas. Recent publications include “Multigenic Condition Risk Assessment in Direct-to-Consumer Genomic Services,” “Engineering Life into Technology,” and “Emerging Patient-Driven Health Care Models.” She serves as an advisor to research foundations, government agencies, corporations, and startups. Melanie has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Georgetown University. She is an advisor and faculty member at Singularity University.

Raymond McCauley - CTO and Founder, Exponential Biosciences

Raymond McCauley is currently working on sequencing and gene expression R&D. He has over 15 years of experience in the biotechnology and high tech arenas, with Illumina, Ingenuity Systems, QIAGEN Genomics, Applied Carbon, various startups and governmental agencies, and including a stint as executive producer for PBS television series with TANSTAAFL Media.

2:30pm Discussion

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  • Bill

    Two great presentations with very knowledgeable and well-spoken presenters who answered a bjillion questions from the audience. Plus there were even prizes at the end.

    March 29, 2010

  • Daniel

    very fascinating, very informative, sorry I had to leave early!

    March 29, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really enjoyed it. Interesting topic, great audience questions, and superb presenters.

    March 28, 2010

  • Joe Q.

    Absolutely loved it and will devote myself to learning more.

    March 28, 2010

  • Monica

    Excellent presentation by two competent speakers with great ideas. Great overview at the right level for me , followed by just the right kind of Transhumanist ideas that can be implemented *today*. I want to know more and I want to know how these projects are doing.

    March 27, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Front edge of an exponential curve. I must say it's been a few years since I've seen entrepreneurial opportunities like this.

    March 27, 2010

  • Dixie

    Before attending, I wondered as a non-scientist if it would be technically above my head, and it was, so I left early. (The reason I attended is because I'm a fiction writer and I'm always eager to learn something new.) The speaker seemed very competent and passionate in his presentation. I have attended one other seminar at Hacker Dojo, in a different room, and I find the accoustics terrible. This might be improved if the speakers used microphones, but they don't, so their non-projecting voices are swallowed up by the reverberating sound.

    March 27, 2010

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