Amidst all the hustle and bustle at BIO, amongst the standing room only packed crowds in the Super Sessions, and the illustrious Fireside Chats, you might have caught a glimpse of the man who calls himself The Naked Scientist.
No, he’s not really naked. He’s actually a medical doctor, who became so fascinated with science beyond his area of practice that he decided to put down the scalpel and pick up the mic.
What started as a weekend hobby for Dr. Chris Smith in his home in England, interviewing other scientists and researchers with his tape recorder, has turned into an internationally renowned one-hour radio broadcast on the BBC.
On this particular day at BIO, we caught up with Dr. Smith interviewing David Torstensson, about his consulting work on behalf of countries throughout Europe wanting to make a name for themselves in the biotech space. Torstensson advises governments on implementing strategic policies to promote biotech industry growth. He tells Dr. Smith he’ll be back to BIO next year.
From Torstensson to the founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Intrexon, Thomas Reed, The Naked Scientist gets his next interview on genetically modifying male mosquitos to kill female larva. Dr. Smith asked how the technology works. “We have invented a DNA molecule that is integrated into the genome of the male mosquito that is transmitted to the female. This gene will only be expressed in females. The female larva will die and the males will live,” said Reed. “Sounds a little misogynistic, but necessary when considering the malaria health problem globally,” Smith quipped.
From Philly, he’s headed back to England, where he’ll edit and produce all of his interviews from the BIO International Convention for his radio show and podcasts. His notoriety is growing. People now stop him on the street and ask him for medical advice, or about the progress of gene therapy. He’s even been invited by the Royals for champagne at Buckingham Palace.
If you have a question, or are just interested in learning more about science, you can find Dr. Smith at www.thenakedscientists.com