By

Luke Timmerman

19
May
2022

A Path Forward for More Biotech Workers

Biotech needs more workers. More people who don’t have PhDs and MDs. The industry is 40 years old, and maturing. More companies are developing commercial products. Someone needs to make these products with precision, and at scale. Given the sophisticated nature of the products (cell therapy, gene therapy, advanced biologics, RNA medicines), the fragile global supply chains, and the importance...
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9
May
2022

Fighting Cancer With Food and Drugs: Lew Cantley and Sid Mukherjee on The Long Run

Today’s guests on The Long Run are Lewis Cantley and Siddhartha Mukherjee. They are co-founders of San Francisco-based Faeth Therapeutics. Cantley, who recently moved to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, is a scientist well-known for his work on cancer metabolism. He discovered the PI3kinase pathway that’s an important regulator of normal cell growth, proliferation, metabolism – and which can become activated...
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5
May
2022

An Old Idea Whose Time Has Come

People are returning to the office. Many are rethinking the basics of work. So many people are exhausted and anxious. Biotech leaders are thinking carefully about how to proceed. An R&D-based industry needs people in environments that allow them to be energized, creative, collaborative. Here’s one simple idea: Walking meetings. The “walk and talk” business meeting isn’t new. But we...
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28
Apr
2022

A Big Opportunity in Obesity

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14
Mar
2022

Structural Biology-Driven Drug Discovery: Ray Stevens on The Long Run

Today’s guest on the Long Run is Ray Stevens. Ray is the CEO of ShouTi. It’s a company that uses advanced structural biology technologies like cryo-EM images, and computational techniques, to discover small molecule drugs. The idea is to come up with orally available medicines that can build off the biological insights gained from protein or peptide drugs, but replace...
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10
Mar
2022

Aiming High, With a Team

Climbing Mt. Everest changed my life. The world’s highest mountain required digging deep — physically, mentally, emotionally. That was four years ago. That original climb was a success, raising $340,000 for cancer research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. But what came next meant more. The climb opened my mind to new ways of making a contribution, in addition...
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3
Mar
2022

Biotech Takes a Stand

Not long ago, biotech leaders steered clear of commenting on the issues of the day. Politics was limited to certain vested interests like drug pricing, science funding, and FDA regulation. Then came COVID-19 and the racial justice reckoning. Staring these terrible things in the face, people began to think more about their roles in the workplace, and in the community....
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28
Feb
2022

Making Clinical Trials More Diverse: Michele Andrasik on The Long Run

Today’s guest on The Long Run is Michele Andrasik. I’m excited to have Michele on the show to talk about an undercovered aspect of the scientific enterprise. Michele is the director of social and behavioral science and community engagement for the HIV Vaccine Trials Network, and COVID-19 Prevention Network. She’s based in Seattle at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center,...
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