Wenk lecture on tech and public policy slated for May 2

The annual Carolyn and Edward Wenk Jr. Lecture in Technology and Public Policy will be held Thursday, May 2, 3:30 in the Mason Hall Auditorium on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus.

Christopher Welch

Christopher Welch

This year’s theme is “How Technological Innovation Enables the Development of Sustainable Solutions to 21st Century Healthcare Problems.” The guest speaker is Christopher J. Welch Merck Research Laboratories, Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ. Welch is Science Lead for Analytical Chemistry within the Process and Analytical Chemistry area at Merck Research Laboratories in Rahway, NJ. He also co-chairs the New Technologies Review and Licensing Committee, the organization that oversees identification, acquisition and evaluation of new technologies of potential value to Merck Research Laboratories.

Welch will address the daunting challenge facing scientists and engineers today of providing sustainable healthcare solutions to the world’s population in the 21st century. Several examples of the application of new technologies to the development of today’s medicines will be highlighted, with an explanation of how multiple layers of complex technologies are often involved in the discovery, development and manufacturing of a seemingly simple pill or tablet. In keeping with the spirit of the Wenk lecture, the important role of conscientious scientific citizenship in engaging the scientific community, steering the direction of scientific innovation, and contributing to the creation, maintenance and repair of a global scientific infrastructure will also be discussed.

This year’s Wenk lecture is co-sponsored by Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology and the Whiting School of Engineering Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.