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#6 - Sight-Unseen: Using the Power of Genetics to Diagnose Corneal Disease and Protect Vision
Episode #6 is being produced in honour of World Keratoconus Day, celebrated around the world on November 10th. This episode is jam-packed with crucial insight from company Avellino - a leader in precision medicine, is making a global impact in genetics and bringing innovative diagnostics, therapies, and AI-driven data processing to patient care. A special thank you goes out to our 2 guests this week:
Joe Boyd: Mr. Boyd is the Global Head of Sales and Marketing for Avellino, a global leader in gene therapy and molecular diagnostics at the forefront of precision medicine for eye care. He has more than 20 years of experience in life sciences and medical devices and is a sought-after speaker in the science and medical industry.
Brandon Ayres, MD: Brandon Ayres, MD is a board certified ophthalmologist at Wills Eye Hospital who specializes in all forms of corneal transplantation and all types of refractive and cataract surgery, including LASIK. Dr. Ayres also treats infectious diseases of the eye and ocular surface disease (dry eye). He has an interest in the diagnosis and treatment of keratoconus and has been involved in several FDA trials investigating new treatments for the condition.
Avellino has launched its first genetic test, AvaGen™. AvaGen™ is an eye test that confidently empowers eyecare professionals to protect and preserve vision by providing personalized genetic data that accurately quantifies the risk or presence of sight-threatening conditions.
#5 - Ken Bagnall Lives by the Mantra "the More I Know, the More I Realise I Know Nothing"
For episode 5, we're joined by well-respected industry veteran, Ken Bagnall - CEO of Silent Push Inc. a US based, detection focused Threat Intelligence Platform that reveals adversary assets and infrastructure and integrates with your network defences, whether on-prem or in the cloud. Ken was also VP of FireEye product management for the prior couple of years after FireEye acquired his Email Security business The Email Laundry. Ken plays a lot of sport but never seriously.
The key factors of Ken's story are vision, determination and levelling up, wrapped in a focus on the ever-evolving cyber threat landscape. People within all industries will find the business tips and advice extremely useful and insightful. Tune in today!
#4 - Diana Paredes Believes “the Difficulty Lies, Not in Developing New Ideas, But in Escaping the Old Ones”
In this episode, our guest is Diana Paredes - CEO and Co-Founder of Suade, a software platform that enables financial institutions to understand and deliver their regulatory requirements. Diana's approach to making a happy workplace is inspirational and infectious. Her drive to create future leaders, lobby governments for supported parental leave and helping the banking and regulated sector to streamline processes after her experiences in that industry is a wonderful story of vision and determination.
Prior to founding Suade, Diana had a successful career in investment banking, covering all asset classes at Barclays and Merrill Lynch, across sales, trading & structuring. Whilst working in the industry, she saw an opportunity to innovate and launch her current Fintech/Regtech start-up. She believes that a data-driven approach to regulation is the key to preventing the next financial crisis.
#3 - Paul Tomlinson Exemplifies "Do what you love, and you'll Never Work Another Day in your Life"
Our next guest is a entrepreneur Paul Tomlinson, who recently found himself making an major pivot in his career from the IT industry to the fitness industry. During this episode, Paul exemplifies the importance of having a strong work ethic and taking risks, whilst reminding us to maintain a healthy work/life balance. Tune in to hear all about Paul's journey!
Paul began his career in IT nearly 30 years ago and has been responsible for running successful companies. A large proportion of that time was spent focussing on Mirus - an IT services business, providing support to the SMEs. Paul exited Mirus in 2019 following an acquisition by a PE backed player– at this time it had more than 100 employees and was on course to achieve a turnover of £15m per annum.
#2- Luis Giraldo: "See Failures as Learning Opportunities"
Our first guest of the series is Luis Giraldo, who made a life-changing pivot from Music to Tech! Luis started his career as a professional musician, playing at international shows for Pop Star Shakira; more recently, Luis’s stage-time consists of delivering speaking as an executive and industry leader to thousands of IT Providers across the globe. Luis is well-known in the technology and MSP space, having worked for IT Glue and N-Able. He now runs his own successful MSP and has recently been appointed as Chief Experience Officer of ScalePad - an application that automates asset lifecycle management for hardware, software, and warranty services for MSPs.
#1 - Key Takeaways - Series 1 Recap
Welcome back to the Vanguard Podcast - Series 2 is finally here! This first episode is a compilation of interesting and insightful moments from the first series, that we consider to be the 'key takeaways'. If you like the new branding, feel free to share in on social media or give us a rating on your favourite streaming platform. Stay tuned for more innovative stories, with episodes being released every 2 weeks!
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Thoroughly enjoyed listing to Ian’s honest account of his background in the inaugural Vanguard podcast.