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Genomics, Ethics and Industry Practice

Conference on the Ethical, Legal and Societal Issues Arising from the Research of our Genes


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Brought to you by Student Biotechnology Network in collaboration with researchers from the social sciences and humanities, this dynamic discussion panel will explore your burning questions – and perhaps those which you never thought to ask - about the social, legal and ethical implications of current and future scientific endeavours.  

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Time and Location

Date:            Wednesday, March 23rd 2011
Time:           12pm – 4pm
Location:      SFU Harbour Centre
                        Sauder Industries Policy Room 2270
                        515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

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Time Program

12:00 -12:15 pm


12:15 -12:30 pm


12:30 -1:10 pm

First Session - Making the Right Decision: How Biotechnology Firms keep Social and Ethical Concerns in Line with their Corporate Strategy

1:10 -1:40 pm

Panel Discussion and Q&A

1:40-2:20 pm

Second Session - Data mining DNA: How Communication, Information and the Code are Shaping Us in Genome Science

2:20-2:50 pm

Panel Discussion and Q&A

3:00-3:45 pm

Intimate and Interactive with Jennifer Miller


Intimate and Interactive with Dr. Peter Chow-White

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Making the Right Decision: How Biotechnology Firms keep Social and Ethical Concerns in Line with their Corporate Strategy

Presented by: Jennifer Miller

The presentation will commence with a brief history of ethical challenges and famous ethics cases in research and development leading up to today’s most pressing social and ethical questions including drug access, R&D priorities, and the globalization of clinical trials. Public perception and trust of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies will be analyzed along with various means companies and decision-makers are taking to address ethical concerns and to communicate a commitment to trustworthy ethical practices and innovation with patients, providers, stakeholders, and the community.

Data mining DNA: How Communication, Information and the Code are Shaping Us in Genome Science

Presented by: Dr. Peter Chow-White

In a recent IBM “Let’s build a smarter planet” ad campaign, a collection of company technologists explains why database and data mining technologies matter. According to one of the IBM fellows, “Every day we are creating 15 petabytes of new data. That’s 8 times as much data as there is in all of the libraries in the United States combined.” As one of the speakers in the IBM commercial explains, “If we can analyze and mine this data, then we can understand it. And if we can understand it, then we can understand trends about it… The more data you have, the clearer you see.” But what is the nature of these trends and new ways of seeing? How will the social shaping of data mining technologies in the coming decade shape us as individuals and groups and, in turn, our life chances? I investigate these new forms of knowledge production in the data driven enterprise of genome science. In this talk, I present qualitative and quantitative research into the communication strategies of science to understand how various stakeholders (scientists, entrepreneurs, policy makers, social scientists, and advocates) weave discourses of difference through biological, physical, and digital data.

Moderated by: Dr. Robin Downey, Genomics and Society Advisor, Genome British Columbia

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What to expect

  • learn about the challenges that biotechnology companies face in dealing with important ethical issues
  • learn about the implications of the exponential growth of information technology
  • network with researchers, ethicists, legal experts and industry representatives at the event, then take it online via our CoverItLive blog!
  • meet Jennifer Miller, a PhD candidate who managed to start her own company, Bioethics International
  • meet Peter Chow-White, a international expert on the social implications of communication technologies, data mining, and emerging modes of knowledge production
  • gain insight into the social and ethical implications of your research

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About the Speakers

Jennifer Miller is a leading expert in disaster preparedness, resource allocation, and bio-pharmaceutical ethics. A physicist by training, Miller founded Bioethics International (BEI) in 2005.

Miller serves on the steering committee of the Pediatric Mass Critical Care Taskforce under the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a voting member of the American Medical Association’s National Disaster Life Support Education Consortium, on the ethics committee for Putnam Hospital Center in New York, and previously on the Association of Schools of Public Health’s Preparedness and Response Core Competency Development Project and as a special consultant to the United Nations ECOSOC (organ facilitating international cooperation on standards-making and problem-solving in economic and social issues).

In 2011, Miller served on the US Chamber of Commerce’s forum on responsible biotechnology and health care advances. In 2010, she co-chaired Princeton University’s Open Hearts Open Minds and Fair-minded Words Conference and chaired the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s ethics panel on responsible research and development for their International BIO Convention. She also co-chaired the United Nations affiliate 2008 bioethics conference on procreative beneficence, pharmaceutical R&D ethics, and conscientious objections.

A powerful and effective speaker, Miller’s expertise and interviews have been featured in both the domestic and foreign press including on Fox News, CBS News, AP News and the cover of Science Magazine’s Career section. She also serves as a contributor to online media for the US Chamber of Commerce Business and Civic Leadership Center.

Miller received a B.S. in Physics from Fordham University in New York, a Master’s Degree in Bioethics, and is a candidate for a Doctorate in Bioethics from Regina Apostolorum in Italy. She is proficient in the English, Spanish and Italian languages.


Dr. Peter Chow-White is Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He has published on race, gender, technology, and genomics in Science, Technology & Human Values, Media, Culture & Society, the International Journal of Communication and Communication Theory. His edited of Communication at Simon Fraser University in book with Lisa Nakamura entitled Race After the Internet will be published by Routledge Press in 2011. He is currently writing a scholarly monograph from his research on the social implications of communication technologies, data mining, and emerging modes of knowledge production.


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Ms. Alice Hawkins, Ethics Fellow, Providence Health Authority; PhD Candidate, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, UBC

Dr. Jan Atkinson-Grosjean, Team Leader & Senior Research Associate, Translational Genomics Research Group,  WM Young Centre for Applied Ethics

Dr. Emily Marden, Senior Research Associate, ISIS

Mr. Don Enns, President, LifeSciences British Columbia

Mr. Paul Warner, Senior Litigation Counsel, Industrial Alliance Pacific Insurance and Financial Services Inc.

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