Rob Carlson has a curve named after him. And not just any curve. Rob predicted long ago that the doubling time of DNA technologies would be as fast as that of computer power. They turned out to be faster! The Economist basically named the 'Carlson Curve' the biotechnology equivalent of Moore’s law. A visionary thought leader of the bioeconomy, he is as much interested in the development of machine making custom DNA as he is concerned about the ethical and societal context of the application of biotechnology.
In 2010 he published Biology is Technology: The Promise, Peril, and New Business of Engineering Life at Harvard University Press. Today, he is the Managing Director of venture capital firm Bioeconomy Capital.