Sheref Mansy builds artificial chemical systems that mimic features of cellular life. He studied at Ohio State University and worked on origins of life problems as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Sheref was awarded a career development award from the Giovanni Armenise–Harvard foundation, which he used to establish a synthetic biology laboratory in Trento, Italy. He is an assistant professor of biochemistry at the University of Trento and a 2012 TEDGlobal fellow.
Sascha Pohflepp is an artist, designer, and writer, born in 1978 in Cologne, Germany. He holds a degree in media art from the Universität der Künste Berlin and an M.A. in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art in London. He is interested in past and future technologies, notions of art, business, and idealism, what they mean to us, and how they inform which worlds come true and which worlds are discarded. He aims to create social objects in which we can see ourselves differently. For the past five years, he has been contributing to Webby-winning art and technology blog We-Make-Money-Not-Art.com. Most recently, his work has been shown at the Wellcome Trust London, the V&A Museum, and he received a special mention at the 2010 vida award for art and artificial life and was nominated for FutureEverything 2010. In 2010, he spent the summer as a research resident at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.