Biotech VC turned
Futurist Keynote Speaker and SF Writer
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Dr. Elsa Sotiriadis is a VC investor turned futurist keynote speaker and science fiction writer (Elsa Solaris). She founded The Biofuturist Lab to pursue her mission to accelerate innovation at the intersection of technology, science and science fiction.
As a venture capital investor, she helped invest in, build and launch 25 pioneering biotech startups transforming the tech, food and health industries. During her Ph.D. at Imperial College London and HKU, she worked on DNA nanorobots, called aptamers, to kill cancer cells. She has been featured by Silicon Republic as one of 15 women to follow in biotech, worked with the BBC on an eco-fiction show and her Amazon-bestselling debut novella Replicon won an honorable mention at the Writers of the Future competition in Hollywood.
Prior to this, she worked in the field of startups and emerging technologies and helped F500 companies harness disruptive innovation across artificial intelligence, robotics and digital health.
As The Biofuturist, she was hired as a specialist consultant by a leading Chinese tech/ICT company to develop a digital biology strategy. She writes science fiction, travels the world as a keynote speaker - restricted to virtually currently - and published critically acclaimed poems in her native German in international literary magazines.
Check out the Book Bazaar for forthcoming books.
Psst - she became a cyborg live on stage to tweet by handswipe.
We tend to overestimate what we can do in a short amount of time but underestimate what we can achieve in a decade. That's because our thinking is linear. However, disruptive technologies are accelerating exponentially fast, so we need to bridge that gap. A bespoke keynote can help you achieve that and inspire your audience.
Elsa is an experienced and popular global corporate keynote speaker across Europe and the Middle East, who inspires your audience long after your event.
She combines the rare insights from the forefront of innovation with the futuristic mindset of a science fiction writer (and fan!). Elsa has the unique ability to transform complex technologies into funny, surprising and easy-to-remember stories that make your audience think.
- Coronavirus: Top 10 inspiring global tech trends (or why the world is still an amazing place)
- Biohacking: The next great sofware revolution is life itself
- Humanity 2.0: Staying human in the Age of Cyborgs and Machines
- Moonshot Thinking: How Companies can accelerate Disruptive Innovation
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Working with The Biofuturist helped us understand the innovation potential of digital biology from an ICT perspective, both strategically and technically and find practical ways and contacts how we can deliver value to our customers in the future.
Derrick Nirmalan, Director - Research Planning
A Global Top 3 Tech/ICT Company
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Elsa is both professional and personal and I love that combo. She provided great examples and ideas on stage and was very helpful beforehand with prep calls etc. Also, I love that she attended the rest of the conference and mingled with the attendees.
-- Paulina Modlitba, Gather Festival
The Oxford University Scientific Society was delighted to host Dr. Elsa Sotiriadis as our speaker. Dr. Sotiriadis joined our elite list of speakers (which includes numerous Nobel Prize winners) as she enthralled her audience by combining her technical rigour with her sci-fi inspired visions of the future of humanity.
Dr. Sotiriadis’s engaging and eloquent style of presentation was well tailored to our general audience of academics, students and members of the public. We are delighted to count her as one of our wonderful speakers.
Director of University of Oxford Science Society
Dr. Elsa Sotiriadis was an absolute enrichment for our Children
Elsa is a superb speaker with an amazing ability to distil the most complex scientific ideas into easy to follow talks. Elsa kindly agreed to talk at the Imperial College London Fringe Festival where she spoke about biohacking.
Elsa has been incredibly receptive to our suggestions and managed to weave a red thread throughout her inspirational opening keynote, presenting a motley of exciting biological technologies and visions of future to our astounded attendees.
BBC's flagship eco-science fiction thriller FOREST 404 starring Dr. Who's Pearl Mackie. Listen here.
The Writers of the Future Honorable Mention Winner is a novelette about a trauma-plagued geek battling for survival in a bioengineered future. Buy it here.