Melanie Swan

Melanie Swan
Writer, Broader Perspective

Web site | @DIYgenomics

Melanie Swan focuses on personal genomics as a Research Fellow at MS Futures Group. Her educational background includes an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a BA in French and Economics from Georgetown University and recent coursework in bioscience, nanotechnology, physics, and computer science.

Ms. Swan’s career has focused on research, finance, and entrepreneurship, including founding a technology startup company, GroupPurchase, which aggregated small business buying groups. She was Director of Research at Telecoms Consultancy RHK/Ovum and previously held management and finance positions at iPass in Silicon Valley, J.P. Morgan in New York, Fidelity in Boston and Arthur Andersen in Los Angeles.

Ms. Swan serves as an advisor to research foundations, government agencies, corporations, and startups and is active in the community promoting science and technology, and opportunities for women. She designs professional and educational simulations, including “Discontinuity Futures,” “Being an Entrepreneur” and “The Trader’s Pit.” Ms. Swan is the former Treasurer of San Francisco-based non-profit Equal Rights Advocates, an Advisory Board member of the Foundational Questions Institute, Lifeboat Foundation and Accelerating Studies Foundation, a presenter at the Expanding Your Horizons math and science conference and co-moderator of the Philadelphia and Boulder Future Salons.

Ms. Swan speaks French, Spanish and Portuguese, and is an advisor and faculty member at Singularity University.

Sessions

Melanie Swan (Broader Perspective)
How low-cost DNA sequencing, the DIYbio movement, and open source collaboration technologies are colliding to allow unprecedented peer collaboration in tackling the critical contemporary challenge of creating a new era of health and biology. Biology is the next open source frontier. Open platforms, current projects, and ways to participate in citizen science genomics are described. Read more.
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