A Conversation with Walter Isaacson: The Biotech Revolution and the Woman Who Launched It

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In celebrating International Women's Day, Baker Botts is a proud sponsor, in partnership with the Chapter Network of The National Association of Corporate Directors, of the virtual conversation with Walter Isaacson and Dr. Helene Gayle, President & CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, on Monday, March 8, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT.

Walter Isaacson is a best-selling author and historian who specializes in telling the stories of the great minds that have fundamentally shaped our world. He is widely known for authoring The Innovators: Steve Jobs. Walter is the chairman emeritus of the board of Teach for America and is on the boards of United Airlines, Halliburton Labs, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Rockefeller Foundation, and more. He is currently a professor at Tulane, and has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chair of CNN, and editor of Time.

In his new book, The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing and the Future of the Human Race, Mr. Isaacson provides a gripping account of Dr. Jennifer Doudna's co-discovery of CRISPR, an easy-to-use gene-editing method that can revise DNA. CRISPR, the most critical biological advancement since the discovery of the DNA structure, has enabled scientists to change or remove genes quickly and with great precision. It has also launched a life sciences revolution—one with ethical issues that deserve our attention. Jennifer Doudna was recently awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2020 for her co-discovery of CRISPR.

Dr. Helene Gayle, President and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust and corporate director of boards including Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will lead this fascinating conversation with Mr. Isaacson as we learn more about Dr. Doudna’s work, the "next great innovation revolution," and how corporate directors will thoughtfully consider tomorrow’s challenges as it relates to matters of ethics and public health.

For more information about this event, please contact Marissa McDonald.

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