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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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The Surprising Role of Patient Advocates in Drug Development
Episode 63  •  Oct 18, 2022  •  20 min

Patient Advocates do more than raise money—they are active participants in the drug development process. While the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge garnered global attention, lesser-known patient advocates also flex their expertise to drive new treatments and cures.  In this episode, we talk with two moms, one who is a patient herself, about their work as partners in research and development, helping bring treatments for two rare diseases to the market. 

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Lessons from Monkeypox: Are We Prepared for the Next Pandemic?
Episode 62  •  Oct 4, 2022  •  18 min

Monkeypox hit our shores in May of this year. How did our public health agencies and infrastructure perform? What went right, what went wrong, and what needs to improve? We talked with three experts in public health and biodefense about the threats on their radar screens and how the U.S. can better prepare for the next inevitable outbreak or pandemic.

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Data Storage Crisis: DNA to the Rescue
Episode 61  •  Sep 20, 2022  •  25 min

You might be surprised to learn that data storage currently requires huge amounts of land and energy, and we're running out of both. In this episode, we speak with a small group of researchers who are working to revolutionize the way we store the massive amounts of data we produce every day. Their solution: use DNA.

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Investors Become Goldilocks in a Bear Market
Episode 60  •  May 31, 2022  •  25 min

Current market trends have put investors in a “flight-to-safety” mentality, especially when it comes to biotech companies. What does this mean for getting biotech innovations to the marketplace? This episode explores the daunting challenge of raising capital in a bear market.

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Drug Prices: A Dysfunctional Market Limits Patient Access
Episode 59  •  May 17, 2022  •  26 min

A convoluted, confusing, and opaque system for pricing drugs has evolved that distorts the market and often limits patient access to the drugs they need to survive. In this episode, three experts explain how the system works—or doesn’t’—and the consequences of a dysfunctional pricing system.

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Hope for Alzheimer's
Episode 58  •  May 3, 2022  •  21 min

Alzheimer’s disease is a heartbreaking diagnosis and tragically there is no cure. But every day, researchers, scientists and the medical community are working to change that. In this episode, we speak with three guests who are fighting to bend the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease and, in doing so, offering hope for the millions suffering from this devastating illness.

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Green Fuels Have Taken Off
Episode 57  •  Apr 19, 2022  •  20 min

Last December, a United Airlines’ flight from Chicago to Washington DC was the first ever passenger flight powered with 100% sustainable aviation fuel. The achievement demonstrated the potential for the aviation sector to reduce its carbon footprint. Our guests in this episode each played a key role in in helping the airline reach this exciting milestone.

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Science Helped Save the World from COVID. What will Vaccine Technology do Next?
Episode 56  •  Apr 5, 2022  •  24 min

2021 was the unofficial year of mRNA—and deservedly so. But the science behind the technology is not always easy to understand. In this episode, we will dive into the miracle technology that saved countless lives and talk about what it holds for the future. We also speak to a biotech company about its non-mRNA vaccine technology for COVID and why the healthcare ecosystem will always need multiple options.

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Water Stress: Can We Avert a Looming Crisis?
Episode 55  •  Mar 22, 2022  •  26 min

More than two-thirds of the Earth’s surface is water, and yet water that is safe enough for human consumption remains a finite resource. In this episode we speak to experts about the biggest threats to water—contamination, overuse, and plastic. We also learn how innovative new tools can ensure there is enough water to hydrate us, our plants, and our animals. 

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