I am the CEO of Convergent Research. We've been launching Focused Research Organizations (FROs) such as E11 bio and Cultivarium. I also serve on the boards of several non-profits pursuing new methods of funding and organizing scientific research including Norn Group and New Science. Previously, I was a Schmidt Futures Innovation Fellow, a consultant for the Astera Institute, a Fellow with the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), a research scientist at Google DeepMind, Chief Strategy Officer...
Adam Marblestone, CEO of Convergent Research, spoke about the importance of design tools to the nanotech research and development process. Design tools are necessary to envision what could be built and lower the barrier to entry to get involved in nanotechnology. He believes multiple fields are design tool limited, but that over the past decade we have been making progress on things like DNA and protein design. The design process is complex but he hopes that this workshop could help shed light on how to tackle some longstanding issues.