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Lunch & Learn: Biomedical Scientist Zoltan Takacs
April 20, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
Join us on April 20, noon, for a very special Lunch and Learn with National Geographic Live biomedical scientist, Zoltan Takacs at the Holland Center. This intimate setting will allow you to ask questions related to Earth’s Deadliest Lifesavers and Zoltan Takacs career.
The Earth’s deadliest animal venoms are a source of a number of lifesaving medicines used to treat everything from heart attacks to diabetes. Yet there are millions of venom toxins in nature that remain unexplored. 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 in remote Pacific islands. In his mission, he survived charging elephants, pirated waters and a series of snake bites and venom spit in his face (all his faults he admits). Now he’s allergic to both snake venom and antivenom.
This event is free, though tickets are required. Doors open at 11:30am, lunch available for purchase.