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Conversations with the scientists and entrepreneurs who are building the future. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tomorrowscale/support

    NFTs and the Art of Drug Development - Molecule

    NFTs and the Art of Drug Development - Molecule

    On this episode, our guest is economist Paul Kohlhaas, co-founder and CEO of Molecule and co-author of the VitaDAO whitepaper. We’ll head to Berlin, Germany, where Paul and his team of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts who are designing new ways to advance medicines. In Molecule’s case, they’re using tools not from the lab, but from the web; specifically web3 blockchain tokenized assets called non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs). 

    The team at Molecule are leveraging these new methods to tokenize the intellectual property and then coordinate, collaborate, and even fund the conduct of scientific research and development by putting the entire process onto a blockchain. And since the intellectual property (IP) asset is digitized onto a distributed ledger, or tokenized on a blockchain, it is then very straightforward for them to be bought, sold, traded, and outlicensed on private and even public marketplaces. 

    The decentralized ‘web3’ technologies that enable this functionality are incredibly new, but are by their nature designed and intended to private, efficient, and potentially more secure way to research, develop, and commercialize new medicines. Paul and the team at Molecule are working to democratize the process of new drug development down to the last little “i” in diligence. Is this the dawn of a brave new world? Listen to find out.

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    Molecule

    VitaDAO

    "IP-NFTs for Biomedical Research: A new Biomedical Funding Paradigm." -- Tyler Golato on Medium

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    From Bile to Trial - Ochre Bio

    From Bile to Trial - Ochre Bio

    On this episode, Ochre Bio co-founders join us to discuss turning discarded organs into a goldmine of biological insight with deep phenotypics that enables the company to pan for fine-grained gene expression across millions of individual cells from different locations across an organ, and connect those signals to specific disease processes within cells.

    The need Ochre Bio is addressing initially is literally piling up, but is still difficult to access. Every year, tens of thousands of organs are recovered for human transplantation, but a huge number—thousands of livers, kidneys, and other organs—are evaluated as unfit for use due to quality control issues: damage and/or disease. Two scientific entrepreneurs with lofty ambitions saw an opportunity to utilize those discarded livers as tools to accelerate drug discovery and development, and decided to join forces and co-found Ochre Bio.

    Jack O'Meara, PhD is CEO, and Quin Wills, MD, PhD, is CSO of Ochre Bio, and their team includes teams across three labs on two continents. The Ochre team's aim is to improve the quality and number of eligible transplant organs through the use of siRNA therapeutics administered *ex vivo*, discovered through deep phenotyping on data derived from over a thousand rejected transplant livers and counting. Next, they hope to quickly translate those same compounds into human clinical trials for a wide range of liver diseases in patients with high unmet needs.

    This episode is a ton of fun, and it was a blast to speak with both Jack and Quin about the company, founding story, and challenges and tips for success for scaling and solving hard technical problems for startup teams across multiple locations.

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    • 52 min
    Human on a Chip - Emulate

    Human on a Chip - Emulate

    On this episode we'll meet Dr. Daniel Levner, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Emulate, a company commercializing technology to remake human biology from the ground up using small rubbery microfluidic chips.

    Forged in a multi-year partnership between DARPA and Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Emulate develops organ chips for the lung, intestine, liver, kidney, and even the brain. Slotting in between cell culture dishes, organoids, and animal models, this burgeoning area is one in which startups must marry high design and fundamentally challenging biomedical engineering to recapitulate a human being on a chip reproducibly, at scale, and under budget. Their challenge, to simultaneously accelerate and improve outcomes while reducing costs in drug development, is immense. In response, Emulate's organ chips are elegantly engineered works of art that enable scientists to move beyond the dish and blur the lines between in vitro and in vivo.

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    Dr. Daniel Levner on LinkedIn

    Emulate's just announced $82M Series E

    "Reconstituting Organ-Level Lung Functions on a Chip" (Huh et al 2010)

    Additional Emulate Publications

    Axial's Joshua Elkington recently published a backgrounder on Emulate.

    The TomorrowScale Podcast showcases scientists and entrepreneurs building scientific ventures, and to hear stories from the benches and in the trenches of research & development. The views expressed by the host and guests are their own, and the content of this show should not be considered legal, tax, or investing advice. Thanks to our guests for sharing their time and knowledge with us. Thank you for listening. Please science responsibly.


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    • 42 min
    The Autonomous Lab - Arctoris

    The Autonomous Lab - Arctoris

    On this episode we'll meet Thomas Fleming, Oxford-trained engineer and co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Arctoris. Arctoris is a startup company developing a fully-autonomous drug discovery laboratory.

    Founded in Oxford in 2016, Arctoris has staked their claim as the world’s first fully automated drug discovery platform. As the industry automates portions of the R&D pipeline, it will accelerate the development of novel medicines. Thomas and the team at Arctoris are working to accelerate that future.

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    Arctoris: https://arctoris.com

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    • 36 min
    The Mind's API - Rune Labs

    The Mind's API - Rune Labs

    On this episode we'll take a walk, literally, with the founder and CEO of Rune Labs, Brian Pepin. Brian previously led electroceuticals development at GSK-backed Galvani, built a glucose-sensing contact lens at Verily, paid dues at Google X Labs, and built brain-computer interfaces at Berkeley. 

    We discuss how Brian and his team at Rune Labs are trying to become the full-stack source, or the fabric, for neuroscience research. Their platform connects patient brain data to clinicians and researchers to help discover and develop novel diagnostics, devices, and even treatments for patients with various neurological disorder..

    Note: When we caught up with our guest, he was on the move so forgive a bit of background and mic noise.

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    Rune Labs: https://runelabs.io

    "Neurotech after the turning point" Rune Labs Blog

    “Oscillotherapeutics - Toward real-time control of pathologic oscillations in the brain” (FrontiersIn Topic)

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    • 42 min
    Virtual Recovery - Prof John Krakauer

    Virtual Recovery - Prof John Krakauer

    Strokes can have devastating consequences. Improving recovery outcomes will require new thinking. My grandmother's stroke years ago shook my family. I saw her in fits over the loss of precious skills—the simple joy of typing, gone. The road to recovery is difficult, but the future of rehabilitation is bright and very interactive.

    On this episode we'll speak with Jon Krakauer, M.A., M.D., neurologist, director of the Brain Learning and Movement Lab and professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, and Chief Medical and Scientific Advisor to MindMaze, a company developing such telerehabilitation and digital therapeutics for neurologic conditions.

    Dr. Krakauer is a scientist and entrepreneur at the forefront of virtual recovery research. He is the head of one of the most multidisciplinary laboratories you'll come across (the BLAM Lab at Johns Hopkins) in which his team conducts foundational neuroscience research. He and his team have developed digital medicines for stroke rehabilitation and other applications. And he is not afraid to challenge conventional approaches or thinking.

    Researchers and entrepreneurs like Dr. Krakauer are building entire virtual worlds to help patients navigate recovery more interactively and effectively. A new wave of digital therapeutics leveraging software, devices, even robotics to deliver novel experiences to patients is coming online.

    My grandmother never fully regained the ability to type. The work of Dr. Krakauer, collaborators, and other scientists working on this new type of digital neuropharmacology could potentially engage more of the brain to drive better outcomes for patients in the future. 

    Virtual recovery is here, and this medicine cabinet is in the cloud.

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    BLAM Lab (http://blam-lab.org/)

    MindPod Dolphin (formerly 'I Am Dolphin', https://www.mindmaze.com/healthcare/digital-therapies-for-brain-repair/#mind-pod)

    MindMaze (http://mindmaze.com)

    MSquare Healthcare (https://msquarehealthcare.com/)

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