Starting a life science company is hard.
In this podcast series, we speak with recent founders about their experiences and explore the challenges they face in starting a company - as well as the challenges in their chosen field.
Finally, we ask our guests to share a book that has helped shape their journey - great reading for any future founder.
This Podcast Series is produced for LifeScience ORG, a community of CEOs and founders in the life science/biotech/pharma/medtech/industrial bio sectors.
Your host is scientist-turned-communicator (and podcast producer) Dr David Kirk.
Episode length: 10-15 Minutes
Ségolène Martin, CEO and co-founder of Kantify
Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies are revolutionizing almost every field. Drug discovery - the process of identifying druggable targets and potential therapeutic compounds - is a long, costly, and often laborious process wherein researchers may sift through thousands of therapeutic candidates for a target looking for a hit.
After many decades of experimentation, millions of data points on targets and therapeutic compounds exist for all kinds of disease indications. This is far too much information for even a top team of humans to interpret, but can artificial intelligence algorithms make sense of it all to improve the drug discovery process?
In this episode of BioInnovator Spotlight, we speak with Ségolène Martin, CEO and co-founder of Kantify, a company using AI technology to improve drug discovery in a variety of fields such as oncology and neuromuscular disorders.
Jack Reid and Adam Glen, co-founders of Unicorn Biotechnologies
Mammalian cell culture is difficult to scale up. Many cell types do not grow well in suspension and preferably attach to surfaces like the bottom of their flasks. Currently, researchers examine this growth manually and culture cells by hand in specialized cell culture flasks.
Cell culture is critical in many fields of research, from healthcare to future food technology, and scaling this technique using automated processes is the holy grail of manufacturing cell-based products that are both affordable and high-quality.
Unicorn Biotechnologies was founded by Adam Glen and Jack Reid to take on this challenge. In this episode of BioInnovator Spotlight, Adam and Jack tell us what motivated them to enter the world of automation, how they met at Entrepreneur First, and what they hope to achieve with Unicorn in the coming year.
Kianti Figler, CEO and co-founder of Upstream Foods
Alternative meat products are a simple answer to the challenge of sustainably feeding a growing population worldwide. These foods, often made from plants and fungi, mimic existing familiar meat products like steak and fish fillets, but often lack the same taste, mouthfeel, and even some health benefits of the real deal.
Upstream Foods is addressing this issue head-on by creating cultivated fat cells from fish. These cells can be used as an ingredient in alternative fish products, providing healthy omega-3 fatty acids as well as the taste and feel of real fish.
We speak with Upstream's co-founder and CEO, Kianti Figler, about her journey from biology to food technology, why she founded the company, and the challenges she faces as a founder today.
Priyanka Dutta-Passecker, CEO of Healiva
Chronic wounds affect over 156 million people worldwide. These are skin wounds that fail to heal or heal slowly but recur. Common causes may include burns, trauma, infection, and cancer, and they can be exacerbated by underlying medical conditions like diabetes.
While several technologies are available to treat the myriad types of chronic wounds, the field remains poorly understood. Healiva is working on a personalised approach to chronic wound treatment with a pipeline involving several of these technologies.
In this episode, I speak to Priyanka Dutta-Passecker, CEO and founder of the Switzerland-based biotech. We chat about her journey from India to Europe and why she founded Healiva to help patients.
Julia Eschenbrenner, CEO of PoroUS
Age-related illnesses have a dramatic impact on quality of life as global populations continue to grow older. Among these conditions, bone health has a significant impact as deterioration can lead to disability and lengthy rehabilitation in the elderly, particularly those who suffer from osteoporosis.
Currently, osteoporosis and similar conditions can only be diagnosed using the DEXA bone mineral density scan, which uses radiation. Now, ultrasound technology may open up a new method that improves upon the gold-standard diagnosis.
In this episode of BioInnovator Spotlight, we talk to Julia Eschenbrenner, CEO of PoroUS, which is using ultrasound technology to observe the microstructure of a patient's bone surface to determine its health. She also shares her journey into life science and why she decided to take on the CEO role.
Torbjørn Furuseth, CEO and co-Founder of DoMore Diagnostics
Cancer therapies such as chemo and radiotherapy can be extremely aggressive but, for many patients and their clinicians, preserving quality of life is a major factor in choosing their treatment.
Today, there are few in-depth diagnostic methods that can distinguish aggressive tumours - which require intense treatment - from mild tumours.
DoMore Diagnostics is developing technology that analyses tumour tissue to help determine which patients will benefit from additional therapy.
In this episode, we speak to CEO and co-Founder about his journey from consulting firm McKinsey to DoMore Diagnostics.