Dr J Craig Venter
Craig Venter Founder
J. Craig Venter Institute

Dr J Craig Venter is a biologist renowned for his contributions in sequencing the first draft human genome in 2001, the first complete diploid human genome in 2007 and construction of the first synthetic bacterial cell in 2010. He is founder, chairman and CEO of the J Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) and founder and CEO of the company Synthetic Genomics Inc (SGI).

Craig and his teams are focused on a variety of projects and programs including: synthetic genomic research and the application of these advances to develop new biofuels, vaccines and food and nutritional products; continued analysis of the human genome including the human microbiome; and discovering and understanding genetic diversity in the world’s oceans. He is a recipient of the 2008 National Medal of Science, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the author of A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life (2007).