Each month, join Kashef Qaadri, a biologist turned bioinformatician, as he interviews guests exploring real-world research informatics challenges through use-cases, providing insights and strategies for integrating and analyzing complex data that are driving BioPharma R&D.
Episode 18: The Future of Microbial Drug Discovery
Microbial drug discovery holds immense promise in revolutionizing healthcare. Although fungi and other microbes have long been a source of natural compounds with therapeutic potential, advancements in technology have made the search for new candidates easier than ever. By harnessing the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning, researchers can rapidly explore the rich genetic diversity of fungi and predict therapeutic potential. This convergence of science and technology will undoubtedly drive the future of microbial drug discovery, leading to the development of groundbreaking treatments for various diseases.Guest: Karen Wong, PhD, Computational Biologist, Hexagon Bio
Episode 17: Biomarker Identification for Early Disease Detection
Episode 17: Biomarker Identification for Early Disease DetectionWhen diseases such as cancers are detected in their early stages, before they have spread, the overall survival rate is significantly higher than when diagnosed in later stages. Developing biomarker tests that detect early-stage tumors is complex and difficult, but quite rewarding, leading to improved characterization, treatment, and management of cancer. Determining which types of data (genomic, proteomic, etc.) are most informative is a major challenge requiring extensive research and discovery. In this episode, we discuss the need for early detection tools, methods for developing them, and some of the informatics challenges, including algorithm and model development, handling large volumes of data from multiple sources, and data integration.Guest: Peter Meintjes, PhD, CEO, Pacific Edge, Ltd.
Episode 16: Digital Precision Medicine
Episode 16: Digital Precision MedicinePrecision medicine is a multifaceted approach to designing and delivering individualized patient treatments. Using multi-omic, environmental, lifestyle, and other data, researchers aim to more accurately develop treatment and prevention strategies tailored to each unique patient. The promise of precision medicine is huge, but it also creates new challenges around data capture, storage, computation, and creation of algorithms for prediction and analysis. In this episode, we discuss the evolution of precision medicine and some ways these challenges are and can be addressed, including blockchain, remote patient monitoring, and strategic data integration.Guest: Kumar Bala, Former Head of Digitalomics Strategy, Oracle
Episode 15: Optimizing Drug Target Identification through Artificial Intelligence
Traditionally, drug targets are found by scouring scientific publications for insights into molecular pathways or known causative genetic variants, linked to disease. The failure rate of drug candidates in the clinic, even in relatively late-stage clinical trials, is quite high and is extremely costly. Fundamentally, finding better targets will lead to development of better medicines. In this episode, we discuss how artificial intelligence (AI) and the increasing availability of complex biological datasets can be leveraged to identify molecular targets. Machine learning models trained on large amounts of data allow researchers to differentiate between states or conditions more specifically to predict disease-relevant targets.Guest: Avantika Lal, PhD, Senior Genomic Data Scientist, insitroCopyright © 2022 Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.All rights reserved.
Episode 14: The Rise of Digital Therapeutics
Digital therapeutics are software-driven, evidence-based products used to prevent, manage, or treat a medical disease or disorder. Digital therapeutics enable patients to be more aware of and play a more active role in managing their health and can improve access for patients for whom visiting a clinician is challenging. This significantly improves health outcomes and reduces healthcare demands as compared to more traditional interventions alone. Digital therapeutics are expected to grow dramatically over the next few years, but significant challenges around regulation and adoption remain. Listen in as we discuss the current state of the industry and where this technology may take us in the future.Guest: Emily Lewis, MS, CCRP, Global Digital Transformation Lead, Neurology, UCBCopyright © 2022 Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. All rights reserved
Episode 13: The Realities of Personalized Medicine
Personalized medicine is critical to the future of our healthcare and wellness. Using vast sets of clinical, genomic, proteomic, and other patient data, potentially lifechanging treatments can be discovered and delivered to patients. However, implementation of personalized medicine faces unique challenges, partly because it is focused on individuals, each with their own unique genetics and history, whereas clinical trials tend to average across populations. What changes are needed for personalized medicine to truly become a reality? In this episode, we discuss some of the biggest obstacles and what is needed to catalyze advances in personalized medicine.Guest: Rong Chen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiCopyright © 2022 Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Great podcast. Brilliant topics. Thank you!
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