BioWired, a blogozine idea that needs Your help
On Mar 31, 2006 4:53 PM I wrote an email to John Battelle
, with the subject of the above title, and content of this:
"Dear Mr. Battelle,
I have a journal idea for you, let us call it Biowired
, which would be the biotech (BT) counterpart of Wired magazine.
Now it is time to popularize biotechnology, exactly as you did it with digital technology and the web at Wired in the 90's. This popularization could be done parallel with the first great successes of regenerative medicine, which might be a tissue engineered tooth, skin, tendon, bone, cartilage. This will be a true mission, an exciting task for all immersive and intensive journalists, who would like to explore the next frontier for a general audience.
Imagine a magazine whose content
has the inverse proportion of Wired: biotech:infotech= 4:1. Biomedical technology is dominant,
but also has a white and green BT column
, focusing on nanotechnology and GMO-s. The leader in human BT
will be regenerative medicine, aging research and life extension technologies. The message
: regeneration of the whole human body inside out is no other, than inside plastic surgery, biotech is valuable and justifiable, and could be a DIY issue also. Main marketing thought
: since regeneration is plastic surgery, small plastic surgeries, companies, big pharmas are invited to advertise in it, like IT firms in Wired.Who will buy it
: BT transformed former IT entrepreneurs, life extensionists, plastic surgeons, medical doctors.Focus
: leading biotech areas of the world: USA, England-Sweden biotech region, Singapore, China, Australia.Article exemplars
: life extension justifiers, interview with biotech CEO-s and (hero or villain) researchers, reporting new biotech trends.
The IT section
would focus on human bionic prostheses, artificial muscles, bionformatics, in-built chips, biological databases etc. Both for the ill and the healthy, both for therapy and enhancement. Website
: blogs of biotech researchers, biotech DIY-ers, research, business, networking departments. Reason
: Biotech is the next big thing in high-tech. The future of high tech is the perfect combination of its two main sectors, BT and IT. It is a hidden trend in the Valley, that succesful IT entrepreneurs invest into BT start-ups. Even Google has or plans a biology department, backing Venter, and Sergey Brin is much interested in molecular biology as I know it. That creates not just a permissive but a highly supportive environment fot this magazine project. Highlights its actuality. Request
: You are extremely experienced in starting journals with revolutionary content in high-tech field, and you've got the power and the means to do that. My request of you is to help launch the magazine by offering it to journalists and publishers. About me:
My definite plan is to move to California within a year as a researcher near the Valley, but beside that I'd like to follow my journalist career too.
I am a last year PhD student, a trained molecular biologist and biotechnologist, and my topic is stem cell biology, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine. I also have an experience as a freelance technology and science writer for general audience (hungarian), biotech (regenerative medicine, Fukuyama's book, ethical debates) and mainly IT and media: about Wired magazine, interview with Jimmy Wales and Lawrence Lessig, iPod, personal fabrication, social networking sites, web 2.0, all the stuff familiar in Wired. I got a master's degree in philosophy too.
A bio could be found at my newsvine column: http://attilachordash.newsvine.com
Now it was about a month ago, and the letter seems to have hibernated or was maybe lost. So the time is over, and here in this blog I start the BIOWIRED
project. Please join me, share and distribute this blog if you would like to make biotech sexy.
May the blog be with you.