• About The workshop

    A multidisciplinary group of specialists in healthspan and longevity research will collaborate with those tackling the challenges of atomically-precise 3D structures and molecular machines, including construction pathways using chemistry, applied physics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and engineering.


    Areas to be addressed include furthering the human healthspan via the design and construction of complex structures and molecular machines built via organic and inorganic synthesis; objects and devices constructed from DNA, RNA, proteins, or biomimetic polymers; construction via scanning probe; and other approaches to building with increasing precision from the bottom up.


    Your participation should bring the following benefits:

    1. To assist you in finding the best multi-disciplinary researchers pursuing your areas of interest

    2. To speed your evaluation of these new contacts via real-time interactions at the meeting

    3. To stimulate entirely new, fundable research projects and work on actual research proposals

    4. To explore new funding sources


    The participation includes an invitation to the Feynman Prize Award Ceremony on the evening of Saturday, September 16.

  • Chatham House RulE

    To encourage cutting-edge discussion, we'll be following the Chatham House Rule for the majority of the event, as it is used at the World Economic Forum's meeting in Davos. This will allow you to speak freely on any topic without concern that your comments might be attributed to you without your express permission. The final white paper may contain a list of participants and their affiliations.


    To aid our preparation of a written event whitepaper, we will be doing audio recording throughout the event -- this is for reference only and will not be made public. Separately, if you're willing, we'd appreciate your making some brief informal remarks on video regarding your views of the event and its topic. Every participant will be asked to sign a Waiver, Indemnity and Release Form, but participation in the video is entirely voluntary. You will have the opportunity to contribute to individual whitepapers and reports where you will be credited as an author.

  • Confirmed participants

    Demir Atkin, Center for Cancer Nanotechnology, Stanford

    Joshua Ballard, Zyvex Labs

    Jonathan Barnes, Dept. of Chemistry, Washington Univ.
    Jeremy Barton, Nanofactory Corporation

    Anne Brunet, Genetics, Stanford

    Steve J. "Bucky" Butow, DOD Defense Innovation Unit Experimental
    Chuyang Cheng, Dept. of Chemistry, Northwestern Univ.
    Paul Cherukuri, Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering, Rice Univ.

    Laura Deming, The Longevity Fund

    Martin Edelstein, Covalent/ Agua Via

    David Forrest, Department of Energy, Advanced Manufacturing Office

    John Furber, Legendary Pharma

    Steve Fowkes, Nanopolymer Systems

    GIovanna Ghirlanda, Molecular Sciences, Arizona

    William A Goddard, III, Caltech, Dept. of Chemistry, Materials Science, and Applied Physics

    Ashwin Gopinath, Bioeng/Bio, Caltech

    Tanya Jones, Arigos Biomedical

    Kent Kemmish, Stealth Biotech

    James B. Lewis, Foresight Institute

    Clinton (Cosmo) Mielke, Project Infinome

    Stephanie Morris, NCI, NIH

    JD Northrup, Chemistry, Temple University

    Ravi Pandya, Cancer Genomics, Microsoft

    Gayle Pergamit, Covalent/Agua Via

    Kevin Perrott, SENS Research Foundation, & Buck Institute

    Jed W. Pitera, Almaden Research Center, IBM

    Hai Qian, Chem, Dartmouth College

    Shivana Sharmi, Calif Nanosyst Inst, UCLA

    William Shih, Bio Chem & Molec Pharma, Harvard

    Michael Skuhersky, MIT Media Lab

    Nelson Teng MD, Oncology, Stanford

    Jonathan Ward, Quantum Eng

  • Schedule


    September 16-17

    9 AM to 6 PM both days

    Feynman Prize Award Dinner on Saturday evening


    The Lodge (Elks) Palo Alto

    Palo Alto Room, 2nd floor

    4249 El Camino Real
    Palo Alto, CA 94306
    (650) 493-4249

  • Logistics


    All meals and snacks are provided at no charge over the duration of the workshop.


    Saturday: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

    - The festive dinner will be part of the Feynman Prize Award Ceremony


    Sunday: Breakfast and lunch


    Please let us know about any dietary restrictions you may have by emailing conference@foresight.org.


    Attendees can book their accommodations at the Foresight group rate. The Hilton Hotel is across the street from the workshop venue.


    Hilton Garden Inn Palo Alto

    4216 El Camino Real

    Palo Alto, CA 94306

    Reservations Hotel 650-843-0795

    Foresight Group Code FORE09

    Rooms are $139/night plus tax.

    Workshop Team

    Christine Peterson, Facilitator

    Steve Burgess, President

    Allison Duettmann, Coordination

    Jim Lewis, Research Analyst

    Marcia Seidler, Event Organizer



    For any questions or help with logistics, please reach out to conference@foresight.org.

    About Foresight Institute

    Foresight Institute researches technologies of fundamental importance to the human future, focusing on molecular machine nanotechnology, cyber security, and artificial intelligence. We reward research excellence, restrain recklessness, and create community to promote beneficial uses of these revolutionary technologies and reduce misuse and accidents potentially associated with them.

  • video Impressions

    To get a feel for what these workshops are like.

    About Foresight Institute

    1 minute

    Workshop Philosophy

    1 minute

    Recap of Previous Workshop

    3 minutes