January 06, 2020
For Immediate Release
January 06, 2020
Arts Commons Presents: National Geographic Live:
Deadliest Lifesavers with biomedical scientist Zoltan Takacs
CALGARY – Arts Commons Presents welcomes biomedical scientist and National Geographic Live Explorer Zoltan Takacs with Deadliest Lifesavers on January 26 & 27, 2020 in the Jack Singer Concert Hall.
Biomedical scientist and inventor Zoltan Takacs collects snake, scorpion, jellyfish, and other venoms from around the world. Back in the lab, using cutting-edge genomics, he creates combinatorial venom libraries to identify leads for novel medicines.
Driven by his childhood passion, he’s traveled to 155 countries and become an aircraft pilot, scuba diver, and real-life survivor, roughing it in a hammock deep in the Amazon or on remote Pacific islands. In his mission, he survived charging elephants, pirated waters, a series of snake bites, and venom spit in his face (all his fault he admits). Now he’s allergic to both snake venom and anti-venom.
What makes venoms so valuable to medicine is their molecular design. Venoms have evolved to precision-target and annihilate vital life functions—meaning that the blueprint of venoms could be harnessed to design novel medicines to heal those very same life functions, from cardiovascular diseases to cancer and beyond.
What: Deadliest Lifesavers with Zoltan Takacs
When: Sunday, January 26, 2020 & Monday, January 27, 2020
Where: Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall
For tickets, call 403-294-9494 or visit artscommons.ca
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Alex Bonyun, Communications Manager
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