Upstate Medical University

Upstate Medical Presents a Presentation By 2023 Honorary Degree Recipient Patrick O'Reilly Brown, PhD, MD About His Life and Journey

You are invited to a presentation by Patrick O’Reilly Brown, PhD, MD Professor Emeritus, Stanford University Founder and Chief Visionary Officer, Impossible Foods, Inc. 2023 Honorary Degree Recipient at Upstate Medical University

About his life work and journey

Monday, May 8, 2023, 9-10 AM Upstate Medical University Weiskotten Alumni Auditorium

Patrick O. Brown received his M.D. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Chicago and completed a pediatric residency at Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital. As a post-doctoral fellow, he and co-investigators identified the mechanism by which HIV and other retroviruses incorporate their genes into the genomes of the cells they infect. At Stanford, Dr. Brown and colleagues invented the DNA microarray
– technology that made it possible to monitor the activity of all the genes in a genome
– along with the first methods for analyzing, visualizing, and interpreting global gene expression programs.

He pioneered the use of gene expression patterns to classify cancers and improve the prediction of their clinical course. Dr. Brown has been a pioneer in open-access publishing. With two colleagues, he co-founded the Public Library of Science (PLoS) in 2000, a nonprofit scientific publisher that has transformed the publishing industry by making scientific and medical research results freely available to the public. In 2010, Dr. Brown moved on to the challenge of catastrophic climate change and the global collapse of biodiversity. He found a way to reduce the impact of animal agriculture on our carbon footprint by inventing a new technology to produce delicious, affordable, and sustainable meats made from plants. He founded Impossible Foods, Inc., served as its CEO from 2011-2022, and is currently Chief Visionary Officer and founder and president of the Impossible Foundation. Dr. Brown is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the Institute of Medicine. He has received the National Academy of Sciences award in Molecular Biology, the American Cancer Society Medal of Honor, and the Takeda Award. He was elected to the Stanford Inventors Hall of Fame and received recognition with the UN Champion of the Earth Award and UN Global Climate Action Award for his work at Impossible Foods. In 2022 he received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Duke University. He has published more than 240 scientific articles.