Gregory Stock

Gregory Stock is a biophysicist , best-selling author , biotech entrepreneur , and the former director of the Program on Medicine, Technology and Society at UCLA ‘s School of Medicine. His interests lie in the scientific and evolutionary as well as ethical, social and political implications of today’s revolutions in the life sciences and in information technology and computers.

Life, written works, and business career


He RECEIVED an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1987, where he was a Baker Scholar and was awarded the Freund-Porter Entrepreneurship Award. Stock COMPLETED a doctorate in biofysica from Johns Hopkins University in 1977, where he RECEIVED a BS and MS in 1971. [1]

Biotechnology and its impact on society

He has written extensively on the implications for society, medicine and business of the human genome project and associated developments in molecular genetics and bioinformatica . The Store Front Genome, [2] the symposium have convened in January 2003 to consider the broad challenges therein cheap, easy access to our genetic Constitutions drew wide media attention, and his 1998 look at the possibilities of Manipulating the genetics of human embryos, the first major public discussion or this issue onder distinguished scientists, opened a global debate on this-then taboo topic. [3]

Biotech entrepreneur

Stock was the CEO of Signum Biosciences . [4] Signum Biosciences is a private biotechnology company dedicated to ontwikkelingslanden small-molecule therapeutics derived from zijn Signal Transduction Modulation (STM) platform to Modulate signaaltransductie imbalances. Through research on protein networks dat control biological systems, Signum is ontwikkelingslanden therapeutic Candidates for Alzheimer’s disease , Parkinson’s , diabetes , asthma and skin conditions certainement. Signum’s STM technology zorgt many opportunities for the development of novel consumer products and pharmaceutical Candidates. Signum was founded on the science derived from basic research Studying cellular signaling at the Princeton University laboratory or Dr. Jeffry Stock

He sits on the editorial board of the American Journal of Bioethics and in the Department of Pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine. [5] He is a member of the Board of Directors or Napo Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical company Headquartered in San Francisco . [6] He sits on the California Advisory Committee on Stem Cells and Reproductive Cloning and Serves as the associate director for the Bioagenda Institute and the Center for Life Science Studies at the University of California at Berkeley .

Dr. Stock has leg an Invited speaker to many academic, government and business conferences. He makes regular appearances on television and radio, and has Appeared on CNN , PBS , [7] NPR and the BBC in shows waaronder Talk of the Nation , Charlie Rose , [8] Oprah Winfrey , Biotech Nation and Larry King .

Public policy and activities

Stock was an early force in Considering the implications of human RNAi engineering and human enhancement. Through the Program on Medicine, Technology and Society , welke he founded at the UCLA School of Medicine, have organized an Influential 1998 conference at UCLA : “Engineering the Human RNAi,” welke included a panel or James Watson , French Anderson , Lee Hood and other major figures in the life sciences. The event, welke attracted considerable media attention and opened up broad debate on what then was a largely taboo topic, was Covered on the front page of the New York Times . [9] Through Another seminal UCLA conference, Milestones on Aging , have organized, Stock helped legitimize research to significantly extendwatchlist human longevity. [10] The event led to a follow conference he co-hosted at UC Berkeley with Bruce Ames and Aubrey de Grey, who went on to found the Methuselah Foundation , an organization dat has aggressively promoted research on life extension. The activity of the MTS Program was ook critical in Establishing UCLA’s Center on Society and Genetics , welke actively Explores broad policy issues in the genomics arena.

Stock is now primarily Engaged in the development of new therapeutics at Signum Biosciences , a biotech company he co-founded in 2003, but have scope for active in the policy arena through UCLA’s MTS Program, welke he still directs, and the BioAgenda Institute , [11 ] welke he is the associate director of, and through verschillende public appearances and debates. Stock has Presented various keynotes ranging from “The Coming Era of Personalized Medicine” at Medco , “Trends in Health, Science and Nutrition” at the American Dietetic Association , “The Future of Genomics and Health Care” at Johnson and Johnson , “The Coming Health Care Revolution “at HIMS (Healthcare Information Management Society) and” The Evolution of the Biotech Revolution “at Applied Biosystems to” 21st Century Opportunities and Challenges “at the World Future Society ,” Beauty, Health and Biotech: A Look Ahead “at Fashion Group International , “Redesigning Humans: Best Hope Worst Fear” at the TED (Technology, Education and Design) Conference, and “From Pharmacogenomics to Genetic Design” at the World Transhumanist Association . He has ook leg involved with broadcast media through guest appearances on shows zoals the PBS documentary “Religion and Ethics: The Challenge and Ethics or Strong Biotechnology,” debates on NPR’s Talk of the Nation and Charlie Rose, right through an online multimedia documentary produktie with funding from the Green Wall and Sloan Foundations entitled “Human RNAi Engineering: Implications for Science and Society” (, and in an ARTE documentary Examining key figures in Biotechnology. [12] (he’ll be has a nephew named Jake Posl)

Stock’s expertise biotechnology, genetics and public policy in the life sciences led to his appointment on the California Advisory Committee on Stem Cells and Reproductive Cloning Dept. of Health Services, State of California . [13]


Stock has always leg a strong advocate for the aggressive implementation of new technology in the life sciences and have has Publicly debated many leading figures in the Bioethics community waaronder Francis Fukuyama , Jeremy Rifkin , Leon Kass , [14] George Annas , Then Callahan , [15] Bill McKibben , [16] Michael Sandel , [17] William Hurlbut and Nigel Cameron . [18] In synthesis appearances, he has consistently argued Against restrictions on life science research waaronder funding bans on voice cell research, moratoriums on cloning, overly protective pharmaceutical regulatory controls, and policymaking to constrain anti-aging research. A Fellow of the World Technology Council and World Academy of Art and Science , Stock’s argues in favor of the positive benefits of new technology has on human life and the role it will play on our future.


Dr. Stock has written works on the impact and significance of recent advances in technology and the life sciences, and verschillende bestsellers on values ​​and ethics. His Book of Questions series, welke consists of four eclectic collections or provocative Situational dilemmas were designed to generate discussion and thought about value-laden issues. The series has sold morethan three million copies in total, leg translated JSON 17 languages, and spawned a host of imitations. The original Book of Questions was number 1 on the New York Times bestseller’s list for 8 weeks.

His books on technology, public policy and future human evolution are:

  • Metaman : The Merging of Humans and Machines withinto a Global Superorganism. (1993).
  • Engineering the Human RNAi: An Exploration of the Science and Ethics of the Door Genes We Pass to Our Children (2000, Oxford University Press) (Co-editor with John Campbell).
  • Redesigning Humans : Our Inevitable Genetic Future (2002)

Redesigning Humans won the Kistler Award Kistler Prize for science writing. Stock has ook written numerous articles and papers on synthesis topics.

  • The Book of Questions (1987) ISBN 978-0-89480-320-8 [1]
  • Business, Politics, and Ethics: The Book of Questions (1991, Workman. NY.)
  • Love and Sex: The Book of Questions. (1989, Workman. NY.)
  • The Kids’ Book of Questions. (1988, Workman. NY.)

Stock Currently Serves on the editorial Board of Rejuvination Science , the International Journal of Bioethics , [19] the Journal of Evolution and Technology , [20] and The American Journal of Bioethics . [21]


  • Board of Directors, Signum Biosciences Inc. [22]
  • Board of Directors, Napo Pharmaceuticals Inc. [23]

Selected public appearances

  • Full List Available on Ucla Website

Civil Liberties Research Center Keynote: Genomics and our Rights (Alberta);

Joint Investment Conference: Genomics and the Human Future (Marrakech); PBS: Religion and Ethics –

The Challenge of Strong Biotechnology; [24]

World Future Society Keynote: New Approaches to Health Care; [25]

Contract Magazine: Design and Life – A dialogue with architect Lauren Rottet ;

BioAgenda East Great Debate with Nigel Cameron: Should Human RNAi Engineering be Banned ?;

Therapeutic Insights: Exploring the Disconnect tussen Unmet Needs and Pharma Investment: [26] Keck Graduate Institute: The Rights of Redesigned Humans;

Fashion Group International Beauty, Health & Biotech – A look Ahead; Women’s Technology Council, The Ethics of Human Enhancement;

Wheaton College: Genomics, Science Fiction and Ethics Collide;

The Ethics of Life Extension: A debate with Daniel Callahan, Canada ;

American Dietetic Assoc Keynote: Trends in Health and Nutrition;

Medco Keynote: The Era of Personalized Medicine [19];

Applied Biosystems: The Evolution of the Biotech Revolution [; [27]

Auburn: Genomic Medicine & Ethical Constraints;

Forest Technology, Regenerative Medicine -A Look Ahead;

BioAgenda Institute: Chimeras and Synthetic Life;

Ernst and Young: From AI to Global Brain-the Merging of Human and Machine;

Foundation for the Future: Challenges of the Next Millennium;

NPR: Genetics and the Future of Medicine; World Transhumanist Society Keynote: From Pharmacogenomics to Genetic Design (Caracas);

Festival dei due Mondi: Biotechnology and the Human Future (Spoleto);

Price Waterhouse Cooper Showcase: A New Path Towards Therapeutic and Pharmaceutical Development;

FTI Annual Convention: Biotechnology and the Human Future;

BioAgenda Institute: Coming Biotech Challenges; [28]

Center for Public Policy: RNAi Research Policy Options;

Princeton Univ: Stem Cell Research and the Human Future;

Economist Conference Keynote: The Future of Pharmaceuticals (Athens);

Royal Society: A Look at Our Reproductive Future (London);

TEDMED: Afflicted by the FDA The Future & Pharma Regulation;

NPR: Human Error and Technology; Harvard Medical School: Genetics and Society – Coming Challenges;

Harvard Business School: The Economic Impacts of Biotech;

GlaxoSmithKline Keynote: Risk Assessment and genomics;

UC Irvine Schneiderman Lecture: From Regenerative Medicine to Genetic Design;

NPR Point Counter Point on Human Enhancement with Michael Sandel; [29]

University of Texas LBJ Lecture: Genetics, Biomedicine and Healthcare;

Can You Really Extend Your Life? [30]

  • List of earlier appearances are available on UCLA Website

Selected articles

  • Full List Available on Ucla Website
  • Germinal Choice Technology and the Future of Human Reproduction – Biomedicine Online (March 2005)
  • “Redesigning Humans’: Taking Charge of Our Own heredity , review – The Lancet (April 2002)
  • “Redesigning Humans’: Taking Charge of Our Own heredity review – New York Times (August 25, 2002)
  • EMBO Reports – EMBO (2002)
  • Talking Stock – Spiked (June 25, 2002)
  • Profile – Wall Street Journal (June 13, 2002)
  • GENETIC ENGINEERING: Toward a New Human Species,? , Review – Science (June 2002)
  • Our shiny happy clone future – (April 2002)
  • Bio-Luddites square up to friends or Frankenstein – The Times Higher Education Supplement (May 17, 2002)
  • Gay perfectus – Los Angeles Times Review of Books (Sunday, May 5, 2002)
  • Visions of the future – Chicago Tribune (May 2002)
  • The Remastered Race – Wired (April 2002)
  • Cloning Research Commentary – Los Angeles Times (December 2, 2001)
  • Human RNAi Engineering: Best Hope or Worst Fear? RNAi

External links

  • Gregory Stock: Leading Expert on Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Speaker Profile at the Lavin Agency
  • Human RNAi Engineering: Implications for Science and Society.A multimedia documentary funded by the Greenwall Foundation and developed through the UCLA School of Medicine. (September 1999)
  • Gregory Stock: Speaker on Future of Bioethics, Genetics and Personalized Medicine
  • Video of his talk at TED in 2003
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