Watch the Video of Regents' Lecture by Thomas White, Biotech Pioneer
On Thursday, Jan. 24 Thomas J. White gave a fascinating lecture to a packed crowd in Stanley Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.
The lecture was part of the prestigious Regents' Lecture series presented by the University, and features scholars whose careers in arts, letters, science or business have been at least in part outside academia, and has been an annual feature of Berkeley campus life for over 50 years.
Dr. White discussed genomic medicine and its practical applications in terms of economics, laws and politics, as well as science. Dr. White has more than 30 years of experience in medical biotechnology, evenly divided among three Bay Area firms:
- Cetus, the pioneering biotech firm where Dr. White supervised the development of the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR);
- Roche Molecular Systems, which acquired the rights to PCR from Cetus and where the R&D group developed molecular diagnostics for HIV and other infectious diseases;
- Celera, where, as Chief Scientific Officer, the discovery research group used genomic medicine to identify genes associated with chronic, complex diseases.