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J. CRAIG VENTER, 2012 laureate, is Founder, Chairman, and President of the J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, MD and La Jolla, CA, USA and CEO of Synthetic Genomics Inc., La Jolla, CA, USA.

"One of our quests is to help solve two troubling issues — global climate change and our dependence on hydrocarbons. While doing all we can to find solutions to these issues through our science, we are now building what we believe will be the first carbon-neutral laboratory facility in the world, located on the campus of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

Our research groups focus on human genomic medicine, infectious disease, plant, microbial and environmental genomics, synthetic biology and biological energy, bioinformatics, and software engineering. One of our core areas has always been high-throughput genomic sequencing. This team is housed in a facility in Rockville and features the latest DNA sequencers, a new technology development lab and a state-of-the-art data center. The JCVI has a Policy Center dedicated to exploring the social and ethical issues surrounding genomic research, and an Education Group that seeks to enlighten and engage the next generation of scientists through efforts such as the Discover!Genomics mobile laboratory. 

See the Sustainable Strategies of the facility