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Sang Yup Lee

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Biotechnology

Sang Yup Lee is Dean and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). A pioneering leader in systems metabolic engineering, Sang Yup harnesses biotechnology to create microorganisms that are capable of producing chemicals, fuels and materials from renewable biomass in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way. As chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Biotechnology he is a strong advocate for the increasing role of biotechnology in addressing a range of global problems such as climate change, aging societies, food security, energy security and infectious diseases.

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Up to 20 scientists and leading experts from all over the world and a wide range of disciplines are invited to share insights into their future-changing work at the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November, in front of 700 international guests. In an inspiring, information-packed 15 minutes each, speakers present the core of their breakthroughs – which walls are they helping to tear down and how will it transform our lives?

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