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Rob Carlson

Dr. Rob Carlson is a Principal at Biodesic, an engineering and strategic consulting firm in Seattle. He has worked to develop new biological technologies in both academic and commercial environments, focusing on molecular measurement and microfluidic systems. Dr. Carlson has also developed a number of new technical and economic metrics for measuring the progress of biological technologies. Carlson is the author of the book Biology is Technology: The Promise, Peril, and New Business of Engineering Life, published in 2010 by Harvard University Press; it received the PROSE award for the Best Science and Engineering Book of 2010 and was named to the Best Books of 2010 lists at both The Economist and Foreign Policy. He is a frequent international speaker and has served as an advisor to such diverse organizations as The Hastings Center, the PICNIC Design Festival, the UN, the OECD, the Governments of the US, the UK, and Japan, and companies ranging in size from startups to members of the Fortune 100. Carlson earned a doctorate in Physics from Princeton University in 1997. Links to additional articles and a weblog can be found at www.synthesis.cc. The ExCo Class "Biotechnology for Future Presidents" is based on a course previously taught in the University of Washington Honors Program.


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