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BREAKFAST
WITH TIME EDITORS - Group B
Group B will have breakfast with the editors in the Doubletree Hotel, Level 3, Cottonwood, Redwood, and Ironwood. Group A is invited to continental breakfast in the Monterey Conference Center, Steinbeck Foyer.

8:10 am — 8:40 am
Monterey Conference Center - Steinbeck Forum

OUTBREAK: SMALLPOX, ANTHRAX AND MUTATING VIRUSES
Will the next war be fought with bioengineered viruses? In biowarfare, promise and peril are intertwined. Even without a war, the threat of an anthrax or smallpox outbreak sends shivers. Here is a reality check from the military, the think tanks, and the CDC. Is there a plausible defense strategy?
Speaker:
Raymond A. Zilinskas, Director, Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program,
Center for Nonproliferation Studies
Monterey Institute of International Studies



8:40 am — 9:00 am
Steinbeck Forum

HUMAN GENOME PROJECT
In April of this year, the international Human Genome Project plans to announce a "substantially complete" version of the human genetic code, mapping the human genome's 3 billion chemical letters. A project that began in 1990, this completion is two years ahead of its original schedule thanks in part to a race that accelerated with the entry of a privately funded venture. The race, the results, and what's next.
Speaker:
Francis S. Collins, Director, National Human Genome Research Institute,
National Institutes of Health

9:00 am — 9:45 am
Steinbeck Forum

DNA IS INFORMATION: INFORMATION IS DNA
Technology allows us to collect and manipulate the data our DNA provides—at the extreme it could mean someone will soon be able to rewrite your software. This future could include individualized medicine and the fundamental redesign of the pharmaceutical industry. What do you do with a gene when you find one? Discussion leaders will talk about the challenges and the realistic expectations.
Panelists:
Kalev Kask, Chief Executive Officer,
Egeen International (Estonia Gene Bank Project)
Muin Khoury, Director,
Office of Genomics and Disease Prevention, Centers for Disease Control
Caroline A. Kovac, General Manager,
IBM Life Sciences
Larry Smarr, Director,
California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology

9:45 am — 10:10 am

Break

10:10 am — 11:10 am
Doubletree Hotel - Level 3

BREAKOUT DISCUSSIONS — ISSUES IN-DEPTH
(participants choose one)

Are you insurable?

Ironwood I

Access to the genome of potential clients could be a boon for the insurance industry or signal its death knell. One way or the other, this $350 billion industry will have to radically transform itself. What does that mean for you and your family? What does it mean for the way companies insure their employees and how doctors deal with their patients?
Panelists:
David Beier, Partner,
Hogan & Hartson LLP
William Nowlan, Chief Medical Officer,
National Life Insurance Co.

Moderator:
Michael Lemonick, Senior Writer,
TIME Magazine


When governments decide

Cottonwood I & II

Scientists like to think they operate outside the political fray, but the fact is that government determines through laws and funding what science gets done and what doesn't. What is the proper role of government in addressing and regulating the development of the life sciences? How do legal regimes affect business development, research, and discovery? Are law schools preparing the next waves of lawyers to debate these science-based issues in court?
Panelists:
Carl B. Feldbaum, President,
Biotechnology Industry Organization
Howard A. Zucker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health,
U.S. Department of Health and Science

Moderator:
Greg Simon, Chairman,
Infotech Strategies, Inc.


The Next Frontier: Energy, Medicine, Space

Redwood I & II

Scientists and entrepreneurs are taking this new technology to some quite far out places. Leaders in this next frontier will talk about the wave of new ideas.
Speakers:
Ray Kurzweil, Chairman and CEO,
Kurzweil Technologies, Inc.
James Logan, Chief of Medical Informatics and Health Systems,
NASA
Hamilton O. Smith, Nobel Laureate and Scientific Director,
Institute for Biological Energy Alternatives (IBEA)

Moderator:
Terry McCarthy, Los Angeles Bureau Chief,
TIME Magazine


11:15 am — 12:10 pm
Monterey Conference Center - Steinbeck Forum

LIFESPAN: HOW LONG? HOW FUN?
Breakthroughs in biotech, nanotech, and medicine may radically affect both longevity and quality of life. Pundits offer that 75 will soon be considered middle age. Some naysayers warn that extending life is a selfish use of resources. How long could the human lifespan be extended? How long should it be? Who is going to decide, and how?
Panelists:
Baroness Susan Greenfield, Director,
The Royal Institution of Great Britain
Bill Joy, Chief Scientist and Corporate Executive Officer,
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Ray Kurzweil, Chairman and CEO,
Kurzweil Technologies, Inc.
Jaron Lanier, Chief Scientist,
Advanced Network and Services, Inc., Composer and Visual Artist

Moderator:
Paul Saffo, Director and Roy Amara Fellow,
Institute for the Future



12:10 am — 12:30 pm
Steinbeck Forum

THE GENOME FUTURE
What are the next frontiers? What does it take to get there?
Interview:
Craig Venter, President,
The Center for the Advancement of Genomics

Interviewer:
Phil Elmer-Dewitt, Senior Science Editor,
TIME Magazine



12:30 pm — 2:00 pm
Doubletree Hotel - Lobby Level - DeAnza Ballroom

LUNCH
AND GUEST SPEAKER
Vice Admiral Richard H. Carmona, Surgeon General,
United States of America

Introduction:
Phil Elmer-Dewitt, Senior Science Editor,
TIME Magazine

2:00 pm

Adjourn