By

Luke Timmerman

28
Sep
2020

Small Molecules Against RNA Targets: Jennifer Petter on The Long Run

Today’s guest on The Long Run is Jennifer Petter. She is the founder and chief scientific officer of Waltham, Massachusetts-based Arrakis Therapeutics. Jennifer is a medicinal chemist who has spent her career thinking about how to make small molecules with all the classic Lipinski “Rule of 5” characteristics against protein targets. Five years ago, when she was looking for a...
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10
Sep
2020

Industry and Academia Take a Stand for Science

Science is under attack. The FDA and the CDC have seen their credibility tarnished, largely because of the relentless pressure, and lies, of certain political leaders. The pharmaceutical industry, built on a bedrock of science, knows darn well that the whole business will come crumbling down if the world continues indulging in this bottomless cynicism and nihilism that says everything...
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8
Sep
2020

Becoming a Biotech VC: Otello Stampacchia on The Long Run

Today’s guest on The Long Run is Otello Stampacchia. He’s the founder and managing director of Omega Funds. Otello started Omega in 2004, and it’s now on Fund VI. Based in Boston, Omega has $1 billion under management, and invests in a wide variety of biotech companies – early stage, later stage, American, European, oncology, immunology, rare disease. There’s a...
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11
Aug
2020

From Rio to Rome: Rosana Kapeller on The Long Run

Today’s guest on The Long Run is Rosana Kapeller. She’s the president and CEO of Cambridge, Mass.-based ROME Therapeutics. ROME aims to discover and develop drugs based on emerging science in what is sometimes called the “repeatome.” These are long repeat stretches of DNA that scientists until recently knew very little about, and still have a lot to learn about...
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6
Jul
2020

Writing in the Language of DNA: Kevin Ness on The Long Run

Today’s guest on The Long Run is Kevin Ness. He’s the CEO of Boulder, CO-based Inscripta. This is a startup that calls itself the “digital genome engineering company.” The aspiration, which Inscripta described in a statement last December, was to create: The world’s first fully automated benchtop instrument for genome-scale engineering. Consisting of an instrument, consumables, software, and assays, it...
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25
Jun
2020

The Exponential Curves Re-Emerge

The curves are telling the story. They were flat for a while. Now they’re heading up the exponential slope again. Texas, Arizona, Florida – and even California, which did so well for so long – are among the couple dozen states that are beginning to look up at those scary curves of new COVID-19 cases. We still have no idea...
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