It is our responsibility
to engage society

Breakthroughs in biotech could change the world for the better, yet raise important ethical questions that can’t be answered by scientists and investors alone. Rather than shy away from these tough questions, we believe it is our responsibility to confront them head on.

To this end, we collaborate with partners worldwide to engage others in industry, academia, leaders, and civil society in this critical dialogue.

“How can we ensure that our most cherished
values guide the application of our most powerful technologies?”

Jamie Metzl, author of Hacking Darwin


Tackling big
ethical questions

Leaps Talks is a speaker series that gathers leading minds from distinct disciplines to discuss the ethics, opportunities, and challenges faced in biotech innovation and investment. Organized with leading festivals and partners, the events feature lightening talks by domain experts, followed by moderated conversation.

In order to drive greater public engagement, Leaps Talks are recorded and shared across digital channels. Featured talks include:

Special Edition: Leaps x The New York Times Climate Hub

As world leaders gathered in Glasgow for COP26, The New York Times Climate Hub became a physical and virtual gathering bringing together citizens, scientists, inventors, academics, delegates, and journalists to answer the most urgent question of our times: How do we adapt and thrive on a changing planet? Leaps was proud to collaborate as a supporting sponsor of The New York Times Climate Hub.

The event featured a series of talks, that all of which are available to be viewed on-demand, with prominent speakers such as Al Gore, John Kerry, and many more.

The New York Times Climate Hub

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Leaps Talk #8 | ‘Why do we fear innovation?’
With Mayim Bialik and Yuval Noah Harari.

In this virtual conversation Prof. Yuval Noah Harari, historian & bestselling author, and Dr. Mayim Bialik, actress, author, Ph.D., explore a range of fascinating topics, from brains, biotech, and behavior to AI and the future of our species, moderated by Niko Woischnik, Founder of Tech Open Air. This thought-provoking discussion was organized together with Tech Open Air Berlin, as part of SXSW Online 2021.

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Leaps Talk #7: Measuring what matters in impact investing

Meik Wiking, CEO of The Happiness Research Institute joined Agate Freimane, General Partner at Norrsken VC, Europe's largest impact venture capital fund for a fascinating virtual conversation as part of TOA ON AIR, organized by Tech Open Air Berlin.  This thought-provoking discussion, moderated by Britt Wray, broadcaster and author of Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics and Risks of De-Extinction, explored how we could ensure better metrics for impact investors, so we can better allocate resources that can improve quality of life.

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