Co-founder of Covid vaccine firm Moderna to headline Belfast conference – The Irish News


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THE co-founder of Moderna, one of the leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies at the heart of the Covid-19 vaccines, is among a stellar line-up of speakers at this year's EmTech Europe virtual conference in Belfast in July.

Kenneth Chien will look at how top biotech countries like Sweden are leading examples of life sciences enterprise which can be copied by other regions, and what societal and governmental structures are in place to foster and encourage the growth of health technologies.

EmTech Europe's 'Forging a Brighter Future' seminar will bring Europe's brightest and best technology leaders, researchers and innovators together to discuss how technology can create an equitable economy and society with sustainability and inclusivity at its core.

The two-day conference on July 1 & 2, supported by Belfast City Council and Invest NI, will focus on artificial intelligence, health and sustainability under the themes of an Intelligent Future, a Healthy Future, and a Sustainable Future (more details and registration at

Other key speakers include Dr Nora Khaldi from Dublin, founder and chief executive of Nurtias, the world leader in AI-based natural molecule discovery; Peter Rawlinson, chief executive of Lucid Motors in California;

Marga Hoek, author of the best-seller ‘The Trillion Dollar Shift'; and Nicole Eagan, co-founder of international AI cyber security company Darktrace in Miami.

Tom Gray, lead curator of EmTech Europe, Tom Gray said: “The aim of EmTech Europe is to give a platform to those most influential voices in the technology, policy and business spheres, and to help spark new ideas and conversations about how technology can create more prospects and opportunities in our post-pandemic world.

“The calibre of talent coming to EmTech Europe exemplifies the experts we have across the continent who are collectively pushing the boundaries of what technology can do in our world. I'm thrilled to be welcoming such high-quality speakers to our virtual Belfast stage.”

Karen Hao, senior AI editor at MIT Technology Review, added: “EmTech Europe is a must-attend event for anyone who seeks to play a role in a shaping our collective future. This year's programme features some of the leading thinkers on the most important global challenges today: from tackling climate change to securing our health to regulating artificial intelligence.”

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