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  • About Conscious Biotechers

    Mindful Scientist Making An Impact!

    We are a group of scientists, researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs, investors, and visionaries in biotech who are interested in applying mindfulness and awareness practices to our daily work and life.

     

    The purpose of our gathering is threefold:

     

    1. To share tools, practices and techniques on how to bring us towards more ease, balance, equanimity, and productivity as we engage in our day-to-day work.
    2. To bring out our creative spark by engaging with inspiring scientific visionaries and leaders 
    3. To build a supportive community, create new friendships, and offer an opportunity for entrepreneurs, researchers, employers, investors, and anyone interested in biotech to connect

     

    A recent study has found that “stress, long hours and low morale threaten to scar the activities and careers of US life-sciences researchers”1. Conscious BioTechers wants to address this vital issue in our community. What tools can we use to reduce stress and increase productivity? How do we achieve and maintain a state of flow to bring ease and elegance to our work? How do we stay inspired and connected to our core purpose during the daily grind? To discover these answers together, join us!

     

     

    Reference:

     

    1) Holleman, W. et al. Nature. 500 613-614 (2013)

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  • Events

    February 27th 6:00 pm - Dr. Bruce Damer - RSVP Here

     

    New Theory on Origin of Life - Visionary Science with Dr. Bruce Damer


    Conscious Biotechers presents Dr. Bruce Damer as our first guest for our Inspiring Scientific Visionaries speaker series. His new groundbreaking theory on the origin of life developed with colleagues at UCSC and around the world appeared in Scientific American this past summer — and was deemed so significant that it beat out the solar eclipse for the cover story!

    Join us for an evening of exploring the theoretical and practical applications of this new theory!!!

    Schedule:
    6:00 pm - 6:30 pm - Welcome & Mindfulness Stress Reduction Meditation (by Rebecca, Alex & Chris)

    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Dr. Bruce Damer's Presentation

    7:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Networking & Connecting!!!

    Please RSVP on Eventbrite page - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-theory-on-origin-of-life-visionary-science-with-dr-bruce-damer-tickets-40866716449

    Dr. Damer will discuss the following topics:

    Theoretical concepts:

    Implications of the new theory not just in evolutionary biology, but also in chemistry, physics, artificial intelligence (AI) and even philosophy.

    Possible creation of second genesis of life in the labs. Along with colleagues at Harvard and other institutions, Dr. Damer will discuss “bottom up” synthetic biology approach to create the first viable proto-cell also promises to reveal new insights into systems chemistry and the functioning of all of biology.

    Multidisplainary approach to answer the ultimate questions of where we came from, what the fundamental properties of the living world are, and where we may find life elsewhere in the universe.

    Application for Biotech/Pharma Industry


    His work with Prof. David Deamer (the father of nanopore sequencing) on wet-dry cycling synthesis of biopolymers is opening up a new type of “chemical nanotechnology”.

    The world’s first “chemical search engine” which could be used by Pharma to find efficient catalytic pathways to produce targeted compounds in higher yields.

    Power of Thought Experiments for New Discoveries

    In the tradition of Rene Descartes, Albert Einstein, Francis Crick and Charles Darwin, Dr. Damer has harnessed the power of his imagination to help inspire and guide his work in developing and testing new theories. This technique has helped him achieve major breakthroughs!

    And, as a special opportunity for Conscious Biotechers, Dr. Damer will share an integral part of his scientific process. He is actively looking for collaborators to join him in thought experiment working groups at the newly forming Biota Institute.


    There are many new insights waiting to be discovered and we hope you will join us!!!!!


     

     

    November 16th 6:00 pm - Michael Taft - RSVP here

     

    Conscious BioTechers: An Exploration in Mindful Experience

     

    Whether you're running an experiment or a company, a little more presence of mind can make a meaningful impact. Studies have shown that mindfulness practice increases productivity, focus, and emotional wellbeing. Top world leaders attribute their success to meditation

     

    Join us for a journey of self exploration through guided meditation and connection with like-minded peers. We’ll be joined by special guest Michael Taft, a bestselling author, widely renowned meditation teacher, and neuroscience expert. During the evening, Michael will guide us through a meditation practice that will help us reconnect with our inner wisdom and make the most of each moment.

     

    Whether you're a first-timer or have years of experience, it's sure to be an interesting and fun evening.

    Come and join us on Thursday November 16th at the beautiful AC Hotel in South San Francisco.

     

    Schedule:

    6:00 - 6:30 pm - Doors open (Phones turned off at entrance)

    6:30 pm - Doors Close

    6:30 pm - Program starts with introduction to Conscious BioTechers & our guest Michael Taft

    6:45 pm - 7:45 pm - Guided meditation with Michael

    8:00 pm - Dinner, socializing & networking at the AC Lounge

     

    About Michael Taft:

     

    Michael W. Taft is a meditation teacher, bestselling author, and neuroscience junkie. Michael is the author of several books, including The Mindful Geek, and Nondualism: A Brief History of a Timeless Concept, Ego (which he co-authored), as well as the editor of such books as Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson and the upcoming The Science of Enlightenment by Shinzen Young.

     

    From Zen temples in Japan to yogi caves in India, Michael has been meditating for over thirty years and has extensive experience in both Buddhist and Hindu practice. He regularly teaches meditation at Google, is core faculty at Wisdom Labs, and worked on curriculum development for SIYLI. Michael is also a featured teacher on the Simple Habit app, and an official advisor to the Therapeutic Neuroscience Lab. He was previously editor-in-chief of Being Human, and was the long-time editorial director of Sounds True.

     

    Michael is also a senior facilitator in Shinzen Young’s Unified Mindfulness system, and is a teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He currently lives in Oakland, California, and is founding editor of the iconoclastic mindfulness meditation blog Deconstructing Yourself.

  • Q&A

    Who can join Conscious BioTechers?

    Anyone who is in the field of or has interest in Science and Biotechnology and wants to applying mindfulness and awareness practices to their work

    Where is Conscious BioTechers active now? Can I open a chapter in my area?

    Conscious BioTechers is now active in the San Francisco bay area. If you would like to open a chapter in your area, please let us know and we can help you setup.

    Is there a live streaming of the gathering?

    No, however, we will have youtube videos of the meetings soon

  • CONTACT

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