Transhuman Superpowers & Longevity

June 3, 2015

Source: Event organizer

Brighter Brains Institute will be presenting a conference at Humanist Hall in Oakland, on July 12, 2015. The theme is “Transhuman Superpowers and Longevity.”

Elizabeth Parrish is a leading voice for the advancement of biotechnology. She is the CEO of BioViva USA Inc. which is committed to building gene therapies to eradicate disease and extend healthy life. She is a board member of Radish Medical Solutions and founder of Biotrove Investments and media. She is actively involved in international educational media via the International Longevity Alliance, of which she is a board member and the American Longevity Alliance, on which she serves as Secretary. Her lecture presentation topic is “A Historical Perspective of the “Normal” Way to Die and What BioViva is Doing to Change that Paradigm Today”


Gabriel Licina is onetime co-founder of Science for the Masses, a biotech grinding think-tank aimed towards altering the human condition in the pursuit of new abilities and leveraging pre-existing technologies for accessibility. Gabriel has a degree in Molecular Biology from University of Washington and was the principle testing consultant for SfM. He develops projects to expand the human condition and tests the ideas put forth by the Grinding community for functionality and feasibility. He is currently working on various projects within the fields of material sciences, microbiology, and mammalian cell biology. Prior projects include mammalian near infra-red vision, next generation functional implant coating technologies and techniques, as well as bacterial modifications for the human and environmental micro biome.


Brian Hanley is the founder of Butterfly Sciences, a company developing gene therapies for aging. He has a range of papers in biosciences, economics, policy and terrorism, in addition to a recent text on radiation treatment. He obtained his PhD in microbiology with honors from UC Davis, has a bachelors degree in computer science, is a multiple entrepreneur and guest lectured for years to the MBA program at Santa Clara University. Brian brings a unique vision of the future woven from multiple disciplines tempered in decades of practical implementation.


Mallory E. McLaren, J.D. is one of only a handful of persons, globally, who simultaneously hold a law degree and have made regenerative medicine their area of expertise. In the past Mallory has served an aide for a U.S. senator and served in a role at the U.S. State Department. She is an avid animal welfare advocate, a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle advocate, a cultivated meat, milk, and leather industry specialist, and an unapologetic transhumanist. Currently, she is in the process of establishing a financial vehicle aimed at accelerating rejuvenation biotechnology development globally. Mallory holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts from the Evergreen State College, and a J.D. concentrated in Life Sciences Law from Seton Hall University School of Law. Her presentation is titled: “Here and Now: Mainstreaming Longevity/Resilience Biotechnology R&D in the Mid-2010s”


Zoltan Istvan is a writer, futurist, and philosopher. He is the founder the Transhumanist Party and is its 2016 US Presidential candidate. He writes transhumanist-themed columns for Psychology Today,Vice’s Motherboard and The Huffington Post. He also worked as a reporter for the National Geographic Channel and his writings have appeared in SlateOutsideThe San Francisco Chronicle and websites of Wired UKGizmodo, and National Geographic. He is the author of The Transhumanist Wager, a philosophical science fiction novel that was a #1 bestseller in Philosophy on Amazon. Istvan and his ideas have been featured on Fox News Channel‘s Stossel show,CNN‘s Inside ManRT’s television show Desde La Sombra, and theJoe Rogan Experience.


RU Sirius (Ken Goffman) is a writer, editor, and well-known digital iconoclast. he was co-publisher of the first popular digital culture magazine, MONDO 2000, from 1989-1993 and coeditor of the popular book, MONDO 2000: A User’s Guide to the New EdgeHe has written about technology and culture for WiredThe Village VoiceSalon,BoingBoingTimeS.F. ChronicleRolling StoneandEsquireamong other publications. He was also the first editor of h+magazine. Sirius/Goffman lectures widely having appeared as part of the Reality Hacking series at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, at the TedX conference in Brussels, and at San Francisco’s popular Dorkbot event. Visit him at


Jay Cornell is a writer, editor, web developer, and little-known semi-iconoclast. He is the former managing editor ofh+ magazine, and the former associate publisher ofGnosismagazine. He is currently senior web developer atLandkamer Partners, and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Lifeboat Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending humanity from existential risks. Email him, but note that spammers and scammers will be found and consumed by swarms of nanobots.


Hank Pellissier is the director of Brighter Brains Institute, and the producer of nine transhumanist conferences in 2013-2015. He is the author of Invent Utopia Now: Transhumanist Suggestions for the Pre-Singularity Era, and Brighter Brains: 225 ways to elevate or injure IQ. He’s written dozens of essays for, and the World Future Society, plus he’s worked as a journalist for,, and