Exploring all things genetics. Cambridge University Alumnus and current CEO of Sano Genetics Dr Patrick Short analyses the science, interviews the experts and helps share the stories of people who have been personally affected by genetic conditions. To take part in the latest research studies mentioned in this podcast please visit sanogenetics.com/research
Precision Pioneers EP1 - Variant Bio CSO Kaja Wasik on the power of human genetic diversity in drug development
This week Patrick is joined by Dr Kaja Wasik, CSO and co-founder of Variant Bio. Prior to Variant Bio, Kaja co-founded Gencove, a spin-out from the New York Genome Center and an innovator in low-pass whole genome sequencing and imputation. In this episode Patrick and Kaja discuss Variant Bio's approach to using human genetic data for novel drug development and their model for engaging deeply with communities who donate genetic samples and offer a share in the companies revenues.
This is the first episode in a mini-series on 'Precision Pioneers' - stay tuned for more episodes in this area.
EP 56 The business of start ups with Jason Mellad, CEO of Start Codon
On this episode, Patrick is joined by Jason Mellad, CEO and Co-Founder at Start Codon, a healthcare startup accelerator that helps develop healthcare startups. Patrick and Jason discuss how Start Codon identifies new technologies and businesses that have a potential to make an impact, Jason's approach to mentorship, diversity and inclusion, and even The LAB, a science-themed cocktail bar in Cambridge that Jason co-owns.
EP 55 The Girl With MS talks about her journey with Multiple Sclerosis and advocacy
This week we talk to ‘The Girl With MS’, Caroline Craven. A Multiple Sclerosis patient advocate, Caroline has written thousands of blog posts about her journey with the condition to help others manage MS as well.
They discuss options for treatment, what it’s like being a patient advocate in this space for over 10 years, and the importance of a good neurologist.
Ep 54 Genetic testing, breaking down stigma, and supporting people with Familial ALS with Daniel Barvin
In this episode of the Genetics Podcast we’re joined by Daniel Barvin, an ALS advocate whose family is affected by Familial ALS.
Daniel has a genetic variant in the gene called C9orf72 that predisposes him to develop this neurodegenerative disease, and he talks about his experience getting genetic testing and decision with his wife to undergo IVF and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to ensure that their child did not inherit the genetic variant. Daniel joins Patrick to discuss the lack of availability of genetic testing in ALS, how to make genetic testing more accessible, breaking down stigmas in hereditary disease, and his work with the non-profit 'I AM ALS’.
Patrick also mentions the upcoming Festival Genomics with over 100 great speakers. You can find out more here: https://www.festivalofgenomics.com/
EP 53 Predictions and trends to watch for the year ahead with Jane Theaker, Phillip Beer, and Jason Mellad
This first episode of 2021 sees host Patrick Short talk to three insightful guests about their predictions for research and medicine in the year ahead. In this compilation episode, Patrick talks to Jane Theaker, Phillip Beer and Jason Mellad, each experts in their field.
Our guests are: Jane Theaker, the CEO of Kinomica Limited, a company at the fore of precision medicine that’s providing disruptive cell signalling technology. Jason Mellad, the CEO and Co-Founder of Start Codon a healthcare accelerator working to seed-fund truly disruptive healthcare start ups. Our final guest is Phillip Beer, a Physician scientist with expertise in clinical cancer genomics, early phase therapeutic development and biomarker discovery. Holds leadership roles in the commercial, healthcare and academic sectors.
EP 52 Population-scale viral sequencing with Dr Jeff Barrett, Lead Statistical Geneticist for COG-UK
On this episode of the podcast Patrick is joined by returning guest Dr Jeff Barrett. Jeff is the the lead statistical geneticist for The COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK).
Patrick and Jeff discuss COG-UK's sequencing operation that is tracking viral spread around the UK, how to identify super spreader events from virus data, what is known about re-infection from COVID19, and results from the vaccine trials and what the next year may hold.