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Alexander Titus

INNOVATION

One of the most compelling characteristics of associations is that they are a conduit for the power of the collective

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Associations are epicenters of learning, knowledge, community, and advocacy for millions of individuals around the world. They are specialized hubs for their members to access professional development, acclaimed publications, research, meetings, networking, lobbying, and many other tangible and intangible benefits. One of the most compelling characteristics of associations is that they are a conduit for the power of the collective. They unite the expertise of hundreds, if not thousands, of people around a purpose to drive substantive change that would not be achievable in isolation. …


BIOECONOMY

We started as a publication about biotechnology, and we’ve become a community about our future.

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I started Bioeconomy.XYZ at the beginning of 2020 as a way to connect people and ideas across the internet. I had just ended my job in Washington, DC, and the COVID-19 pandemic was rapidly growing around the world. All of a sudden, I found myself feeling isolated and trapped without enough information about how the SARS-CoV-2 was going to impact my life.

Ironically, I was not alone in my sense of isolation. But as I started recruiting people to contribute their thoughts and their vision to BEXYZ, I started to see the amazing creativity blossoming across the biotechnology community. Authors…


PODCAST

How Patrick Boyle went from small-town Alaska to the Head of Biological Engineering at Ginkgo Bioworks, and why he wants to retire on Mars.

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Good morning my friends!

Patrick wants to retire on Mars. Talk about a great line for what you’re goals are in life! In order to get to Mars thought, we need more than just rockets and metal — we need the ability to engineer and sustain life both on the ship and when on the Martian surface. So until we actually start heading to Mars, Patrick spends his time as a leader in the wildly successful synthetic biology company, Ginkgo Bioworks.

Today, we get to sit down and discuss how Patrick…


PODCAST

Have you ever taught the first grade? How about over video conference? Our teachers deserve medals of honor for their service.

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Good morning my friends!

We’re all tired of Zoom meetings, but can you imagine being in 1st grade and trying to learn everything?! Today I get to chat with one of my favorite people, my sister Angie Titus, who is a 1st-grade teacher and is now in the tough place of teaching our future scientists and engineers in the middle of the pandemic.

Angie’s always poured her heart and soul into her teaching, but now she’s working to teach equity and inclusion, group dynamics, how to share, and how to read and…


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Ian Simon has worked in Korea, on the Hill, and in the White House, where he bring virology into the policy world

Good morning my friends!

Today I get to have a great conversation with Ian Simon, a virologist turned science policy guru who has worked around the world to improve the way policymakers think about science and technology. Right after finishing grad school, Ian found himself plunging feet first into the world of Korean science, but he approached it with full force.

A whirlwind of time on the Hill and working to support the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) later, we sit down to talk about always taking the opportunity to say yes, and how he ended up an elected official…


PODCAST

She’s worked across continents, industries, and the government to use the life sciences to improve people’s lives.

Good morning my friends!

Today I get to have an awesome conversation with a good friend of mine, Michelle Rozo, about stretching yourself in your career, taking opportunities when they come up, and always finding a way to fun with what you’re doing.

Michelle has had an amazing career. Her passion for science was built from the ground up as a 7-year old studying bugs at summer camp, and now she’s a biotechnology leader working in Washington, DC. If you would have asked her a few decades ago where she would end up, however, she never could have predicted it.

After finishing her PhD…


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Trying twice, three times, and sometimes more is more common than you think.

Everyone fears rejection. It stings, it can even hurt, and it’s embarrassing. But is it the end of the world?

Today I get to have an awesome conversation with a great friend of mine, Reza Hosseini Ghomi. If you took a snapshot of Reza’s career, you would rightfully think he is wildly successful. He’s been the co-founder of multiple startups, he’s a practicing doctor, he has a wonderful family and his life is full of friends. What you wouldn’t see is how he was rejected from med school twice after he recovered from cancer early in life.

We all want…


PODCAST

The goal, write the human genome from scratch. Now we’re a long way off before biology can do this, but it’s within our grasp.

The biotechnology industry is booming, and synthetic biology is the hottest topic of the decade. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Andrew Hessel and chatting about SynBio and the world of designer viruses. In today’s world, COVID-19 dominates the discussion about viruses, but in reality, there are countless opportunities to use viruses as everything from new cancer therapies to understanding the human genome.

On top of founding a synthetic virus company, Andrew is also the Founder and Chairman of the Genome Project Write, and complementary synthesis project to the human genome. The goal, write the human genome…


PODCAST

Build your community, and they will help build you.

People ask me all the time if a biotechnology PhD is required to be successful in the industry. Given I’m only half the conversation, I called a good friend, Joe Buccina, and we had a great conversation about careers in the biotechnology industry, and when and how a PhD benefits you. We also talked about when other routes are useful as well. The key take away, as in many of my discussions, is your network is the most powerful thing you have in your toolbox. Build your community, and they will help build you.

Overall, it depends! I know…


PODCAST

There are people that you meet throughout your life that just leave an impression. Yong-Bee Lim is one of them.

The DIY biology community is full of amazing people who are driving the entire field of biotechnology forward with pure curiosity. The group that considers themselves involved with community biology come from all walks of life and nearly every industry. DIYBio is it’s often called, is a collection of labs and curious minds that get together to explore the biotech world.

There are people that you meet throughout your life that just leave an impression. Yong-Bee Lim is one of them. I’m excited to share our conversation this week about his work at the intersection of the social sciences…

Alexander Titus

Founder of Bioeconomy.XYZ // Tech Exec // I rode my bike 3k+ miles from the Arctic Circle to Silicon Valley // Tweets @1AlexanderTitus

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