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Let’s Get Uncomfortable: Talking About Women’s Health

Talking about women’s health has been a taboo subject for some time, contributing to a lack of innovation in the sector. Still today, many are uncomfortable discussing the topic. 

 

Is Space the Next Frontier for Biotech?
Is Space the Next Frontier for Biotech?

The International Space Station has been orbiting in lower earth since 1998 and has been continually inhabited since November 2000.

The Horseshoe Crab Saved Us. Can We Save the Horseshoe Crab?
The Horseshoe Crab Saved Us. Can We Save the Horseshoe Crab?

The horseshoe crab has endured for over 450 million years. It has survived several mass extinctions including the one that killed off the dinosaurs.

Green Fuels Have Taken Off
Green Fuels Have Taken Off

Last December, a United Airlines’ flight from Chicago to Washington DC was the first ever passenger flight powered with 100% sustainable aviation fuel.

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Why are Katie Couric and 15K People Headed to Boston?
Episode 73  •  May 23, 2023  •  16 min

During the last several decades Boston has become a biotech Mecca, with its Kendall Square attracting more than 120 biotech companies, both large and small. It is called the most innovative square mile on the planet.  This June BIO will bring over 15,000 biotech leaders to Boston for its 2023 BIO International Convention. Speakers including award-winning journalist and health advocate, Katie Couric, will talk about how they will “Stand up for Science”—the Convention’s theme. MassBIO CEO, Kendalle Burlin O’Connell joins host, Rachel King in a wide-ranging discussion about how Boston became the largest biotech hub in the world.

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Stand Up for Science—The Fight Against Misinformation
Episode 72  •  May 9, 2023  •  25 min

Wading through the torrent of information available online is challenging for everyone. It can be hard to know what and whom to believe. We talk with the FDA Commissioner and other leaders on the frontlines of health and science about how to be more aware of false and misleading information, and its risks to our wellbeing and future innovation. And we discuss ways to stand up for science and stop the spread of misinformation.

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Is Space the Next Frontier for Biotech?
Episode 71  •  Apr 25, 2023  •  27 min

The International Space Station has been orbiting in lower earth since 1998 and has been continually inhabited since November 2000. Lower earth orbit is an ideal setting for scientific research, from physics and meteorology to astronomy and the life sciences. In this episode we talk with three scientists whose projects are using lower earth orbit to deepen our knowledge of biotechnology and its benefits for mankind.

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The New Age of CRISPR
Episode 70  •  Apr 11, 2023  •  28 min

CRISPR has emerged as a powerful tool for altering DNA sequences with incredible precision, opening up new avenues of research into the treatment of disease. In this episode, we explore the science behind CRISPR, as well as its potential. From curing genetic disorders to creating new crop varieties, the possibilities seem endless. Our four guests today are scientists working to push these gene editing tools to the next frontier.

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Accelerating Hope: The Pathway for Cures
Episode 69  •  Mar 28, 2023  •  23 min

When people were dying from AIDS in the 1980s and 90s, Congress found a way to expedite the drug approval process and saved countless lives. Established in 1992, the Accelerated Approval Program allows the FDA to speed approval of drugs for patients with serious and life-threatening conditions. In this episode we talk with the father of children with a rare disease, a company CEO working to treat rare diseases and two policy experts on Accelerated Approval.

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Why AI and Biotech are BFFs
Episode 68  •  Mar 14, 2023  •  21 min

The convergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and biotechnology has emerged as one of the most exciting and transformative areas of science. Researchers are developing new tools and technology that could bring about breakthroughs to revolutionize the fields of medicine and health care.  In this episode, we talk with scientists who are using AI to unlock new possibilities in the search for novel drugs, cures, and treatments.

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Cracking the Code on Pain Relief
Episode 67  •  Feb 28, 2023  •  26 min

Imagine living with excruciating pain that prevents you from walking or doing the things most of us take for granted. We all experience pain, and 50 million people cope with chronic, debilitating pain. The market for pain therapies is estimated at $74 billion. And yet, investment in new pain and addiction treatments is falling short of what is needed, according to a new BIO report, which shows a 44% decrease in clinical drug programs for pain over the past five years. Our guests on this episode talk about the challenges of living with and treating pain, as well as research and development on new, non-addictive and safer pain therapies.

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Let’s Get Uncomfortable: Talking About Women’s Health
Episode 66  •  Nov 29, 2022  •  25 min

Talking about women’s health has been a taboo subject for some time, contributing to a lack of innovation in the sector. Still today, many are uncomfortable discussing the topic. Consequently, only 2% of medical products in the pipeline are for women’s health and only 2% of all venture capital dollars go into developing these products. In this episode, we talk with two women in biotech who are trying to change that narrative and infuse more investment in innovations that meet the needs of half the population.

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Microbes, Bioplastics … and Art: Solutions to Plastic Pollution
Episode 65  •  Nov 15, 2022  •  25 min

Plastic is polluting our waterways and oceans, but biotechnology may deliver solutions. Plant-based bioplastics that can break down in months are one solution. Another is mighty microbes bioengineered to speed up consumption of plastic. This episode spotlights scientists, companies and even a filmmaker and artist who are working in different ways to tackle the growing problem of plastic waste. 

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Psychedelics – Not Just For Hippies Anymore
Episode 64  •  Nov 1, 2022  •  20 min

Not that long ago psychedelics were considered dangerous, and only enjoyed recreationally by a fringe element of society. Today, researchers are looking at drugs like psilocybin to develop treatments for depression, PTSD, addiction, and anxiety. This episode features guests steeped in the world of psychedelics who are finding new ways to treat mental health.

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