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Episode Info: Transcript April 8, 2020 Mark Bayer Thanks everyone so much for being here on this special coronavirus edition of "When Science Speaks." This is Mark Bayer. I'm just so glad that you're here and you're joining us. Today's episode is brought to you by Bayer Strategic Consulting, a unique advocacy and training firm in the Washington DC area that helps scientists and engineers communicate effectively with their most important stakeholders - investors, policymakers and the public. And we're just so fortunate, amid these unprecedented times, to have Mike Grandinetti on the show today. Mike has spent his entire 25 year career immersed in innovation and entrepreneurship, solving these major problems as a serial tech entrepreneur, as a board member, as a professor, as a mentor, as a consultant and he's an internationally recognized expert in innovation and entrepreneurship. He's a contributor at Forbes and Money Magazine and the host of the "Disruptive Innovation" podcast. And I wanted Mike to come on the show today to talk about - to shine a light on - some of these programs, these initiatives that are happening in labs and in neighborhoods all across the country and in some parts of the world to try to respond to the lack of the lack of equipment that we're seeing in a lot of these places. And just the innovation that is out there, this pandemic obviously has caused so much pain and suffering and it's also ignited this entrepreneurism and this creativity around scientists and engineers - this is Mike's domain. So I'm so glad to have you on the show Mike and just really eager for you to share with our listeners what you see out there when you look across the landscape. Mike Grandinetti Mark, thank you so much for having me and really looking forward to having a good discussion with you and having a chance to, you know, get some really positive news out to your listeners, right? We've been hearing from many public sources that this will be one of the hardest weeks in US history. And you know, all of the major mainstream news outlets have been mostly discussing pretty grim news. And one of the things that I'd really like to do is I want to share just a series of very inspiring examples of innovation that is taking place across this great country, taking place at academic institutions at research hospitals, in small communities, both in the traditional innovation clusters like Silicon Valley in Boston and New York but also in small town America and what I would say is the response of the Americans citizen has been extraordinary. And so I think the real question, of course, is how did we wind up here? Mike Grandinetti And although this is truly a black swan event, right, truly it's a reset button on history. There's no question that there were warnings from prior pandemics and almost pandemics. And there were a lot of plans that were put in place. And a lot of those plans were discarded. So here we are with the most expensive health care system in the world...
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