Biomanufacturing: The Future of Fashion Innovation

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Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Office of Alumni Relations

Join us as we learn more about Future Fashion Innovation, a webinar based off of a first-of-its-kind intersession course taught at Hopkins in January 2023. The course was aimed at exploring how bioengineering technologies can be applied to biomanufacturing in the fashion industry to mitigate the industry’s environmental impacts. In this webinar, you'll hear about the latest efforts to grow biodegradable and high-performing textiles using cellular agriculture, the current business landscape, and major opportunity areas in the space. This program will be presented on Zoom. A link will be shared in advance.

Disclaimer: The perspectives and opinions expressed by the speaker(s) during this program are those of the speaker(s) and not, necessarily, those of Johns Hopkins University and the scheduling of any speaker at an alumni event or program does not constitute the University’s endorsement of the speaker’s perspectives and opinions.

ABOUT Lauren Blake
Molecular Biophysics PhD Candidate

Lauren Blake is a molecular biophysics PhD candidate at Johns Hopkins with a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Her thesis work involves building biomolecular tools to control mRNA metabolism and protein synthesis at the single molecule level in living cells. Lauren is a rising leader in the climate-tech space after co-founding the Alt Protein Project at Johns Hopkins and mobilizing hundreds of Hopkins affiliates to join the cellular agriculture movement. Her current mission is to obviate the need for plastics and animals in clothing through biomanufacturing of next-gen, biodegradable raw materials for the textile industry.

ABOUT Alexis Peña
Biomedical Engineering PhD Candidate

Awards like those from the NSF have allowed Alexis Peña to work on cutting edge research that directly impact patients. Alexis is a Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Jennifer Elisseeff’s lab where they target the immune system to make healthy tissues. Alexis researches human cell/tissue products for musculoskeletal injuries and disease. Tissue- and blood-based biomaterials are a class of regenerative medicine technologies that have shown great clinical promise in promoting tissue regeneration through mechanisms of immune modulation. To date, she have co-authored 9 publications spanning regenerative medicine strategies and in vitro cell platforms to ultimately provide tissue engineering and regenerative medicine solutions. Her North Star is improving the quality of life of others and to that aim, is exploring climate tech, biomedical, food, and behavioral lifestyle applications of her expertise.

 Event Date
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Start Time: 12:00pm EDT
End Time: 1:00pm EDT

JHU School of Medicine Office of Alumni Relations
Jamie Seward
Senior Associate Director of Alumni Relations

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