The Case for More Data, More Wisdom

George Church

Arc Fusion Dinner | Boston | October 7, 2014

George Church tells an Arc audience why we need more health data, and more wisdom about that data, and how data is not something to fear. He defends why, if anything, we have too little data.


George Church

Director, & Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School

His 1984 Harvard PhD included the first methods for direct genome sequencing, molecular multiplexing & barcoding. These led to the first genome sequence (pathogen, Helicobacter pylori) in 1994 . His innovations have contributed to nearly all “next generation” genome sequencing methods and companies (CGI, Life, Illumina, nanopore). This plus chip-based DNA synthesis and stem cell engineering resulted in founding additional application-based companies spanning fields of medical diagnostics ( Knome, Alacris, AbVitro, Pathogenica ) & synthetic biology / therapeutics ( Joule, Gen9, Editas, Egenesis, enEvolv, WarpDrive).
He has also pioneered new privacy, biosafety, environmental & biosecurity
policies. He is director of NIH Center for Excellence in Genomic Science. His honors include election to NAS & NAE & Franklin Bower Laureate for Achievement in Science. He has coauthored 370 papers, 60 patents & one book (Regenesis).