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Julie Legault

Founder & CEO at Amino Labs

Julie Legault

Founder & CEO at Amino Labs


As a Human-Centered Designer, Julie works to translate scientific and technological innovations for public acceptance, crafting experiences and products that invite culture shifts. She holds a Master of Art from the Royal College of Art (London, UK), degrees in both Design and Computation Arts from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), and a Master of Science from the M.I.T. Media Lab, (Cambridge, USA). She has taught at Birmingham’s Institute of Art and Design (UK) and worked with multi-nationals, museums, and pop stars like Rihanna and Imogen Heap to develop smart materials, wearable technologies, and interactive art. Julie is now the founder and CEO of Amino Labs, the company pioneering the democratization of biotechnology. Julie is a proud fellow of the Coaching Fellowship program for extraordinary young women leaders of impact.

Keynote Topic:

Biotechnology from the lab to your body, to your kitchen table.

Biotechnology is going through a rapid evolution as it moves from the lab into our bodies and even to our kitchen tables. Since its digitization in the early 2000s, biotechnology has exploded into a playing field that now welcomes designers, entrepreneurs, artists, and even teenagers who are all learning, building and innovating with the building blocks of life.

As the science becomes democratized, it is already starting to reshape traditional industries, economies, and even what it means to be human. In this unfolding biological world, we all have a role to play because what we do right now will affect everything that comes after us.

In this talk:

  • Participants will gain an understanding of emerging democratized biotechnologies projects which will help them better forecast how the rapidly evolving field of biotechnology/digital biology will impact them, their families, industries and humanity.
  • Participants will understand how accessible it can be to learn and do biotechnology outside of traditional institution.
  • Participants will understand the pressing need to learn about digital biology/biotechnology.
  • Participants will be able to explain some ethical and moral issues surrounding digital biology/biotechnology and its democratization.
  • Participants will be able to identify opportunities for engagement with digital biology/biotechnology.