13 episodes

Welcome to the Molecular Moments podcast hosted by Dr. Chad Briscoe of BioAgilytix Labs! Whether you’re curious about what goes on at BioAgilytix or about the folks behind the lab coats, we’ve found a way to bring biologics in closer to home. Each week, Dr. Briscoe chats global experts, colleagues and thought leaders who influence the pharmaceutical industry in large molecule bioanalysis and beyond.

Molecular Moments Podcast BioAgilytix Labs

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Welcome to the Molecular Moments podcast hosted by Dr. Chad Briscoe of BioAgilytix Labs! Whether you’re curious about what goes on at BioAgilytix or about the folks behind the lab coats, we’ve found a way to bring biologics in closer to home. Each week, Dr. Briscoe chats global experts, colleagues and thought leaders who influence the pharmaceutical industry in large molecule bioanalysis and beyond.

    Charles Sabine: Huntington's Disease, Gene Therapy, and Hope

    Charles Sabine: Huntington's Disease, Gene Therapy, and Hope

    Chad Briscoe and Jim McNally talk with Emmy-winning journalist and producer Charles Sabine on this episode of Molecular Moments. Their discussion centers around rare diseases, gene therapy and Huntington's Disease (HD). Charles, a carrier of the HD gene who has lost several immediate family members to the disease, is an ardent advocate for patients and families suffering from rare degenerative diseases.

    From covering war zones to becoming a gene therapy patient, they discuss Charles’ career with MSNBC, his subsequent coverage of the Bosnian War, and his Emmy-winning coverage of the Romanian revolution. He also shared about his family’s medical issues, including his discovery that his father, uncle, and brother were all HD gene carriers. His father was one of the first people to be tested genetically for the disease in 1993. 

    Jim, Chad, and Charles discuss the possibility of gene therapies halting further disease development rather than doctors prescribing drugs for a lifetime. Additionally, the trio discuss the boom in gene therapies, the pros and cons of genetic testing, and how rare disease patients are generally underserved in the biotech industry.

     

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    Dr. Jennifer Zemo talks mentorship, kinase proteins and customer service!

    Dr. Jennifer Zemo talks mentorship, kinase proteins and customer service!

    On this episode of Molecular Moments, Chad Briscoe chats with Dr. Jennifer Zemo, Director, Bioanalytical Operations at BioAgilytix. She’s a great leader, mentor and scientist with a love for helping people and the sciences. They discuss her start as a chemistry major in college, which led to her Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry and eventually to joining BioAgilytix 8 years ago. A large molecule expert, Jennifer shares how she went from pharma to CRO, the importance of customer service and the ability to be creative in assay development. They also discuss how company culture shifted during the COVID pandemic, the first place she would like to visit after things go back to normal and what motivates her. 

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    • 31 min
    Dr. Afshin Safavi talks about creating BioAgilytix, Hot Yoga and Rap Music!

    Dr. Afshin Safavi talks about creating BioAgilytix, Hot Yoga and Rap Music!

    In this episode of Molecular Moments, Chad talks with Dr. Afshin Safavi, a bioanalytical thought leader, BioAgilytix founder, and board member. Afshin shares how his interest in the sciences was sparked by his mother's perfumes and household items, and how he went from pursuing a career in electronic engineering to dentistry and then into pharmaceuticals!

    They also discuss Afshin’s upcoming children's book, the value of mentorship, trying new things like hot yoga, and his future as a rap artist.

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    • 57 min
    Jeff Sutherland Discusses Dogs: Canine Nutrition and Oncology Advances

    Jeff Sutherland Discusses Dogs: Canine Nutrition and Oncology Advances

    In this episode, Chad sits down with Jeff Sutherland, founder and CEO of Canine Biologics. With over 500,000 dogs in the US and Canada diagnosed with cancer each year, Jeff’s company addresses nutritional needs for dogs to fight terminal diseases based on tumor type. They discuss how Jeff started off as pre-med in college before shifting his focus to marketing, then to dental technology, and finally to IT with a master's in Artificial Intelligence before realizing his true passion…the health of dogs. Jeff shares how he was able to fulfill a dream of living in New Zealand thanks to an IT skill shortage at the time and how his dog inspired him to make the career change of creating restaurant-quality dog food with the proper nutrients that dogs need, and how an oncology vet inspired him to take a leap to create Canine Biologics. They end with a chat about travel bucket lists including the lakes region in Italy near Switzerland, Patagonia in South America, New Zealand, and Japan.

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    • 47 min
    Drs. Jolly Mazumdar and Tim Chendrimada: Dreaming Big, Coffee Beans and Self Amplifying RNA

    Drs. Jolly Mazumdar and Tim Chendrimada: Dreaming Big, Coffee Beans and Self Amplifying RNA

    In today's episode, Chad sits down with guest scientists, Drs. Jolly Mazumdar and Tim Chendrimada, CEO, and CSO of Chimeron Bio. Two different beginnings; one in the sciences studying bugs and infectious diseases and the other in agriculture, specifically coffee beans! They talk to Chad about how their very different paths led them to become a dynamic duo in the next generation of RNA therapeutics. 

    From Tim asking a scientist of Wistar Institute to take a chance on him with no prior experience in medical science to Jolly traveling to the United States for graduate studies in infectious diseases, we learn about how the pair, originally from India, carved their paths to where they are now as veterans in the Pharma industry. 

    Both with careers early on at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Jolly’s focus was on biomarkers and innovative early clinical trials in skin cancer drugs and Tim’s on the development side as a bench scientist and the importance of having teamwork when it comes to drug development. These valuable experiences led them to create Chimeron Bio.

    They talk about how the opportunity to create Chimeron Bio came to be, the importance of challenging yourself and taking risks you believe in, talking to investors, their technology pipeline and self-amplifying RNA COVID-19 vaccine that protects against new variants. 

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    • 46 min
    Dr. John Smeraglia Talks Globe Trotting, Italian Food and Magnetic Sector Mass Spectrometers!

    Dr. John Smeraglia Talks Globe Trotting, Italian Food and Magnetic Sector Mass Spectrometers!

    In today's episode, Chad sits down with guest scientist, Dr. John Smeraglia, Vice President & Head of Translational Biomarkers and Bioanalysis at UCB. John is an experienced pharma leader in the development and service side of the industry.

    John talks to Chad about his experiences working in the UK, such as picking up basketball and taking apart a massive magnetic sector mass spectrometer in his early days of working in bioanalysis. They also discuss John’s transfer to San Diego, California, the language barriers encountered while working in Belgium and building a diagnostic PCR laboratory in two weeks as a response to a need in Belgium during the COVID pandemic. Chad and John also delve into other important topics such as Bon Jovi vs. Springsteen, favorite Italian food, and most importantly, life mottos.

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    • 45 min

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dothedoo ,

Insightful conversations

This podcast brings the human side of the guests in the pharmaceutical industry. Highly recommend!

RIck290J ,

Great way to hear the "human" side of science

This is a really nice podcast to hear about science from scientists. You really hear the story of how people got to where they are professionally and dig into some of the details of various topics mostly focused on pharmaceuticals and bio analysis. This is a great podcast for anyone from a student trying to figure out a career path to the seasoned professional who is curious to learn about others in the field they may not know as well.

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