The Commercialisation of Life

Progress Educational Trust
Institute of Child Health, University College London, 30 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1EH
2 December 2014
The 2014 annual conference of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) focused on the role of commerce in genetics and fertility treatment.
The conference was supported by Merck (gold sponsor), the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund and the Edwards and Steptoe Research Trust Fund (silver sponsors), and Ferring Pharmaceuticals, the London Women's Clinic and the Medical Research Council (bronze sponsors).

Welcome Address
Sarah Norcross (Director of PET)

Commercialisation and the Moral Obligation to Create 'Designer' Babies
Chair: Baroness Ruth Deech (Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords, Chair of the Bar Standards Board and former Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority)
Julian Savulescu (Professor of Practical Ethics and Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medical Ethics)

Whose Genes Are They Anyway?
Chair: Fiona Fox (Chair of Trustees at PET, and Founder and Director of the Science Media Centre)
The Passion of Our Kind
Dr Kári Stefánsson (Founder and Chief Executive of deCODE Genetics)
The 100,000 Genomes Project in a Nutshell
Vivienne Parry (science writer and broadcaster, and Head of Engagement at Genomics England)
From Piss to Pot: Genes and the Generalist
Dr Clare Gerada (GP, and former Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners)
Lost on Planet Biomarker: The Urgent Need for Pathways, Maps and Gatekeepers to Help Us Navigate the Post-Genomic Landscape
Dr Stuart Hogarth (Senior Research Fellow at King's College London's Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine)

The Baby Business
Chair: Sarah Franklin (Professor of Sociology and Director of the Reproductive Sociology Research Group at the University of Cambridge, and Chair of the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust)
Information Is Power: What Should the HFEA Do about the Cost of IVF?
Peter Thompson (Chief Executive of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority)
IVF Unlimited
Willem Ombelet (Professor and Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St Jans Hospital and the Genk Institute for Fertility Technology, and Cofounder of the Walking Egg Project)
Hype, Hope and History: Fertility Treatments that Time Forgot
John Parsons (Trustee at PET, and Founder of King's College Hospital's Assisted Conception Unit)
The IVF Business: From 'No Baby, No Fee' to Barking Up the Wrong Tree
Dr Yacoub Khalaf (Director and Person Responsible of Guy's Hospital's Assisted Conception Unit, and Senior Lecturer in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at King's College London)

The Real Cost of Infertility
Chair: Jeremy Laurance (health writer, and former Health Editor at the Independent newspaper)
Robert Winston (Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London, and Labour Peer in the House of Lords)

Gold sponsor:
Silver sponsors:
Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund
Bronze sponsors: