The Age of Living Machines

The Age of Living Machines

The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution by Susan Hockfield provides a quick read of what is on the horizon. The former president of MIT believes the convergence of biology and engineering  will be as transformative as the previous convergence of physics and engineering.

Hockfield introduces readers to virus-based batteries, aquaporin-based water filtration, nano-based cancer detection, brain controlled prosthetic limbs that can feel, and automated phenotyping to accelerate the development of GMO variants.

Touched on too lightly is where the US stands on comparison to others. Is China Catching Up to the United States in Innovation? Additionally, Hockfield largely glosses over what con go wrong. For example, she appears to sing the praises of glyphosate, although admitting concerns around safety continue. I have long been in favor of the age of living machines, but not of releasing chemical poisons.

I have been attempting to invest in companies that are likely to have a positive impact. From my investments so far this year (table below), that has meant more focus on medical instruments, devices, diagnostics and research. Comments welcome on the coming age of living machines or what other investment can help create a more salubrious environment and healthier humans.

RMDResMedMedical Instruments & Supplies
ONVOOrganovo HoldingsDiagnostics & Research
FDSFactSet Research Systems, Inc.Capital Markets
VARVarian Medical Systems, Inc.Medical Instruments & Supplies, Inc.Software – Application
DXCMDexCom, Inc.Medical Devices
EWEdwards Lifesciences Corporation           –           Medical Devices
OFIXOrthofix Medical, Inc.Medical Devices
SYKStryker CorporationMedical Devices
ZBHZimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.               –             Medical Devices
SYNHSyneos Health, Inc.Diagnostics & Research
AAgilent Technologies, Inc.                     –                Diagnostics & Research
CRLCharles River Laboratories International, Inc. –  Diagnostics & Research
IQVIQVIA Holdings, Inc.Diagnostics & Research
TMOThermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.                   –                Diagnostics & Research
BRK.BBerkshire Hathaway, Inc                          –                 Insurance – Diversified
VEEVVeeva Systems IncHealth Information Services
PRAHPRA Health SciencesDiagnostics & Research
RGENRepligen CorpBiotechnology
ICLRICON PLCApparel Manufacturing
RGNXRegenxbio IncBiotechnology
RKDAArcadia Biosciences Inc                       –                    Agricultural Inputs
TZOOTravelzooInternet Content
CMPCompass Minerals International             –              Industrial Metals & Minerals
RDFNRedfin CorpReal Estate Services
WSTWest Pharmaceutical ServicesMedical Instruments & Supplies


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