Biotech VC turned
Futurist Keynote Speaker (virtual) and SF Writer
Dr. Elsa Sotiriadis is a Swiss investor, futurist keynote speaker and new sci-fi thriller writer. She is multilingual, has lived in ten countries, from Vienna and London to Hong Kong, and we will never know if she's a super spy or not.
Always an entrepreneur at heart though, she founded The Biofuturist Lab when her side-hustle/geek passions quickly grew organically thanks to word-of-mouth and larger and larger clients that didn't fit into the blank spaces of a full-time career anymore.
The mission? Helping to accelerate science & tech innovation for a brighter, human-centric future.
As a director at an early-stage venture capital fund with over $800M assets under management, she ran a life sciences accelerator and helped fund, build and launch 25 pioneering biotech startups transforming the tech, food and health industries. Her purpose was to empower more scientists to start businesses that solve big problems with a new kind of software: DNA. Her earlier career spanned innovation consulting, tech startups and sustainability.
During her Ph.D. in synthetic biology at Imperial College London, she worked on DNA-based nanorobots to kill cancer cells and she has been featured by Silicon Republic as one of 15 women to follow in biotech.
On the creative side, she's currently working on a dark speculative thriller. Previously, she published short stories at London's literary event Virtual Futures, took part in the BBC's eco-fiction show Forest 404, published dozens of critically acclaimed (German) poems in international literary magazines and won an honorable mention at the writer's of the future competition in Hollywood, L.A.
Psst - she became a cyborg live on stage to tweet by handswipe.
Talks & Strategic Advisory
Expand your mind, ignite the action that moves the needle and get ready to take the leap into the future.
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 or risk missing huge opportunities and falling behind in a rapidly evolving, competitive business landscape.
The Biofuturist Lab is here to help you navigate the explosive growth and societal shifts around topics like digital biology, AI, healthcare and blockchain. All engagements are subject to availability.
Advisory: A Biofuturist Lab engagement for example was providing specialist advisory on digital biology innovation and investments to a globally leading Chinese tech company. This entailed a 'lab team' of 3 to deliver an exclusive and bespoke technical intelligence report and a high-level keynote to senior management.
Keynotes & Events: A tailored executive keynote talk can help you future-proof your organization, harness the scalable emerging technologies that apply to you and help you win over your future users & customers.
The Biofuturist is an experienced and sought-after global keynote speaker who bridges world-class subject matter expertise with a global business perspective. The ability to cut through the noise and pack in a bit of charm and humanity transforms a complex future into the much talked about live experiences your audience will love. She combines rare, interdisciplinary insights from the world of disruptive innovation with the human-centric and inspiring mindset of a science fiction writer (and fan); a unique approach called science fiction prototyping.
So don't miss out, contact your speaker bureau of choice or hit the Book Me button to talk.
- The New Normal(s): 10 visions of a changing post-pandemic world (and why the world is still an amazing place)
- Biohacking: The next great sofware revolution is life itself
- Humanity 2.0: Rehumanizing ourselves in the digital age
- Catching Moonshots: The blueprint to unlock disruptive innovation (industry-specific)
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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.