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Let us surprise you and make you think… The BioAgenda 2004 Summit is a two-and-a-half day gathering of key scientists, entrepreneurs, thinkers, policy makers, advocacy groups, critics and media to interact and discuss crucial issues for the coming year in biotech and life sciences.  

The summit is feisty, provocative, razor-sharp and fun – a program for leading thinkers and doers in biotech and leading edge life sciences, with content shaped around exciting panels, chats, presentations, challenges, and entertainment. Unlike other (usually droll) programs about finance and science, which usually give only a nod to policy and issues, BioAgenda will cover economics, law, the arts, science, politics, ethics, terrorism, philosophy, and culture – and the interaction of them all – explored in an informal environment on the high California desert below a crystal-clear sky.  

Topics and content are independent, non-partisan, and non-industry specific; the program is created by distinguished journalists and thinkers to be topical, intellectual, and stimulating. What will humans look like in 50 years? Is big pharma still relevant? Is personalized medicine for real? How do we pay for the medical miracles to come? Is there a genetics of the soul? Globalization, synthetic life, the viability of the biotech business, and the BioAgenda Challenges – leaders issuing challenges on policy, science and issues. The summit will also explore issues as interpreted by society, with offerings from playwrights, artists, performers, filmmakers and thinkers – you will be amazed!

Program content was created by David Ewing Duncan, BioAgenda Founder and Editorial Director, in consultation with author and journalist Cynthia Robbins-Roth, PhD, the BioAgenda Editorial Staff, and the Council of Journalists; with expert input from the BioAgenda Board of Advisors.  


We proudly recognize and appreciate the support of our Co-organizers:
Stanford University School of Medicine Center for Biomedical Ethics
University of California at Berkeley
University of California at Los Angeles

University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics
Wired Magazine
Discover Magazine

The Magic Theatre of San Francisco


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