Global Conference 2010

Speaker's Biography

John Wilbanks

Vice President for Science, Creative Commons; Executive Director, Science Commons


John Wilbanks is Vice President for Science at Creative Commons and the Executive Director of Science Commons. Creative Commons is a nonprofit dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright. It provides free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix or use it commercially. Science Commons aims to apply this concept to scientific research, enabling better data sharing and accelerating the development of medical treatments. Wilbanks previously served as assistant director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and founded Incellico Inc., a bioinformatics company that built semantic graph networks for use in pharmaceutical R&D. He has also served as a fellow at the World Wide Web Consortium on Semantic Web for Life Sciences. Wilbanks received a bachelor′s degree from Tulane University.


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