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Powerful stories of biotech breakthroughs, the people they help, and the global problems they solve.

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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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Biotech is Climate Tech
Episode 83  •  Apr 9, 2024  •  21 min

Biotech companies are addressing climate change through innovation—from carbon neutral facilities to agricultural innovations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. BIO was on the ground at the COP28 UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai to deliver the message that biotech is climate tech. 

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Biotech for our Pets
Episode 82  •  Mar 26, 2024  •  28 min

More than half of U.S. households include pets, but there has been a lack of medical treatments developed specifically for small animals. Biotech companies are working to change that with new treatment options that both borrow from and, potentially, advance human health discoveries.

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What We Know About the Microbiome
Episode 81  •  Mar 12, 2024  •  27 min

The gut microbiome, which consists of trillions of bacteria, viruses, and fungi, plays a crucial role in our health. However, there is still much to learn about this complex ecosystem. On this episode we talk with experts who tell us where the science is—how much we know, and how much we don’t. Two companies, Bloom Science and Seres Therapeutics, are leveraging the microbiome to develop new therapeutics. The potential of the microbiome is vast, and further research and technological advancements will continue to unlock its benefits.

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Is CRISPR the New Sickle Cell Savior?
Episode 80  •  Feb 27, 2024  •  25 min

2023 ended with an exciting biotech breakthrough for sickle cell patients. A gene-editing therapy using the revolutionary CRISPR technology provides new hope and options for the nearly 100,000 Americans with sickle cell disease. In this episode, we talk with the company behind one of the life-changing therapies, CASGEVY, and speak with two advocates for sickle cell patients. 

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“On My Own”—Desperate to Stop a Resistant Bacterial Infection
“On My Own”—Desperate to Stop a Resistant Bacterial Infection
Episode 79  •  Nov 14, 2023  •  28 min

Bradley Burnam woke up one morning, looked in the mirror and found one ear twice it’s normal size and his face swollen and discolored. He would spend the next several years in and out of the hospital fighting a relentless infection that would not respond to available treatments. The experience took him from patient to "mad scientist" to biotech company founder. In this episode, Bradley takes us through his desperate journey to find a cure. We also talk with the leader of an organization helping to get more antimicrobials to the marketplace.

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Synbio
The Synbio Revolution is Here
Episode 78  •  Oct 31, 2023  •  26 min

Innovative companies are using synthetic biology to engineer organisms and create new materials that could transform every sector of our economy, from health care to food and energy production. Those companies say we’ve entered a synbio revolution, and it holds potential to improve the health of people and our planet. In this episode, we talk with three synbio experts about how this convergence of genetic engineering, computer science and other scientific disciplines is making our world more sustainable.

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How Biotechs Survive the Valley of Death
Episode 77  •  Oct 17, 2023  •  25 min

For biotech companies, the valley of death describes the difficult path from initial discovery to FDA approval and commercialization. It's a treacherous journey—one that even promising innovations often don't complete. Adequate funding, regulatory hurdles and the immense complexity of the biotech landscape are among the never-ending challenges faced by early stage biotechs. In this episode we talk with two biotech executives about what it’s like to struggle and survive in this rough-and-tumble industry.

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Biotech Women Striking at the Glass Ceiling
Episode 76  •  Oct 3, 2023  •  24 min

The biotech industry offers unique opportunities for women to advance as executives and entrepreneurs. There are headwinds, however, including unequal access to venture capital. In this episode, we talk with three executives who are part of a wave of women-led companies in biotech. Our guests speak to why women’s leadership matters and the barriers that remain to breaking the glass ceiling. They also tell us about a new networking initiative—the biotech sisterhood—to catalyze women’s success in corporate leadership and mentor the next generation of women executives. 

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We Need Bees. Bees Need Biotech.
Episode 75  •  Sep 19, 2023  •  26 min

Bees are critical to our food supply. Without domesticated honeybees and other pollinators, we wouldn't have coffee beans for our morning cup, veggies in our salad, or even agave to make tequila for our margaritas. In this episode, we discuss the threats to bees and the role biotech can play in saving them.

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The Horseshoe Crab Saved Us. Can We Save the Horseshoe Crab?
Episode 74  •  Sep 5, 2023  •  28 min

The horseshoe crab has endured for over 450 million years. In this episode we talk with three experts about how this animal’s unique blue blood has become essential to modern medicine. We also talk about why horseshoe crab populations are dwindling, and what biotech is doing to address the shortfall.

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