Consumer Genetics Show 2009 in Boston

Consumer Genetics Show 2009 in Boston

by Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei
Posted November 19, 2008 in Business of DNA, DNA Testing

dna string Here’s where most of my fellow DNA Network members would surely like to be next summer – the First Annual Consumer Genetics Show at the Hynes Convention Center from June 9-11, 2009.

Speakers include:

Show objectives include:

  • Regulatory issues
  • Intellectual property considerations
  • Interaction between biotechnology, molecular diagnostic, and pharmaceutical markets
  • Role of physicians in helping patients interpret results from direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests
  • Effect of DTC market on molecular diagnostic laboratories
  • Patient and consumer security (Blaine at The Genetic Genealogist recently wrote about security at Navigenics and 23andMe)
  • Public relations and business strategies to optimize public perceptions of DTC genetic testing (given persistent negative opinions issued by various experts and professional societies)

Are you planning to attend?

Photo credit: Pieter Musterd



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Comment by Janie Parrish

Even though it is the first one this should be one great event!

Comment by Boon Kheng

It has been a while since I last visited your blog, Dr Hsien.

I would like to share with you this article about genetic privacy. The DNA Bill has yet to be dropped from Malaysian Parliament.

thanks :)

Comment by Danny

This will be a great show, I have already signed up, fantastic speaker list

Comment by Ari Kiirikki Subscribed to comments via email

Happy New Year Hsien Hsien! Two quick things, Knome’s CEO’s last name is spelled Conde. Also, subject to the interest of your readership, there is an interesting article in the January issue Boston Magazine about personal genomics called “The Burden of Knowing” at:

Comment by DNAer

Wow, $850 for an unestablished conference during an economic depression? That’s a bit insane considering most established annual conferences in the science and medical fields are no more than a few hundred dollars per participant. If the Consumer Genetics Show wants anyone to attend, they definitely need to lower their price substantially, such as to $150 or so for the entire show. I mean come on, we’re in a depression here! No one’s gonna shell out $850 for some conference that’s never before been held – how do we even know if it’s going to be good or not?


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