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DTC Seminar Series

New Bioscience Frontiers in a Flat World


William Hoffman
University of Minnesota

Tuesday, November 7, 2006
11:00 am

402 Walter Library

The "flat world" described by New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman is largely a reflection of the revolution in communications technologies. Mass communication had its roots in printing, which linked universities with their surrounding communities and enabled the scientific and industrial revolutions. In the U.S., higher education, electronic communication and the machine were linked in time when Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act and the Pacific Railroad Act on consecutive days in early July 1862. Today, communications technologies are enabling another revolution — in the biosciences. Global bioscience maps help to illustrate the new scientific, competitive, and ethical frontiers taking shape on the horizon as well as the opportunities for collaboration over great distances.


William Hoffman is the founding executive director of the Minnesota Biomedical and Bioscience Network (MBBNet), an Internet gateway to the state's life sciences and health care industries and research centers. Based at the University of Minnesota, MBBNet provides open global access to 1,400 regional companies, laboratories, institutes, and support and service organizations. Hoffman has created a series of interactive, online global maps that chart developments in the biosciences including human embryonic stem cell research and policy, bioscience clusters or hubs of activity, and biotech crop production.