Third keynote speaker

Thomas Landrain

Thomas Landrain is a researcher in synthetic biology who has become an entrepreneur to build ecosystems facilitating open, inclusive and collaborative science and innovation, convinced that there is no monopoly on great ideas.

He is a Co-Founder of the Just One Giant Lab (JOGL), first research and innovation laboratory operating as a distributed, open and massive mobilisation platform for volunteer-based, IP-free task solving. JOGL helps sync humanity onto solving our most urgent and important problems using Open Science, Responsible Innovation and Continuous Learning.

Thomas also co-founded and directed for 6 years La Paillasse in Paris, one of the largest open community labs in the world providing ressources and opportunities to hundreds of change makers and indie scientists for free. He also co-founded and directed for 2 years PILI, a biotech startup making natural dyes using fermentation to create sustainable, renewable and scalable alternatives to petrochemical dyes in the industry.

Recently Thomas has joined the iGEM Foundation to design and deploy new programs to explore how the iGEM community can create even more positive values and impact on the world using Synthetic Biology.

Second keynote speaker

Veneta Petrova

Doctor Veneta Petrova received her Medical degree from the Medical University – Sofia. She has been working at the Military Hospital from 5 years now in the Oncology ward. Along with the practice, Dr. Petrova is doing her Ph.D. on microsatellite instability in colorectal cancer, which will be the topic of her lecture at the IBCS 2017. For the first time, cancer immunotherapy does not depend on the location but on the tumor’s genetics. This means that pharmaceutically developed antibodies against microsatellite instability have been approved for treatment of all adult and pediatric patients with metastatic, microsatellite insatiability-high solid tumors who have no satisfactory alternative treatment options.

Veneta Petrova

Our first keynote speaker

Rares Vernica

He is a Senior Research Scientist in the Print Adjacencies & 3D Lab at HP. He works on developing new systems and prototypes for enabling seamless access to digital and physical information. Rares Vernica received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of California, Irvine in 2011 and a B.Sc. from Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania in 2004. He has served as an intern at global companies such as Yahoo!, Microsoft, and IBM. Rares received various honors, including the Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges award in 2010 for his research on Web Information Management and the Chair's Fellowship from University of California, Irvine in 2005.
  • His general area of interest in Computer Science is large-scale data processing and analysis. His lecture at the International Biomedical Congress - Sofia will be on how Artificial intelligence can be used to diagnose patients. This combines the state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms with large-scale data processing and analysis.