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59 minutes | Nov 25, 2022
Episode 497: Episode 22-48 Could Long Covid be Fibromyalgia???
On this week’s Tech Nation, Moira speaks with Dr. Seth Lederman, the Co-Founder and CEO of Tonix Pharmaceuticals, about Long Covid – and it potential relation to another medical condition, Fibromyalgia. Tonix is now recruiting subjects for advanced Human Clinical Trials in both. Then neuroscientist and psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett gives us a lesson or two from her book, “7½ Lessons about the Brain”.
59 minutes | Nov 17, 2022
Episode 496: Episode 22-47 Ideas, Ideas, Ideas
On this week’s Tech Nation, Moira speaks with Jeremy Utley, the Director of Executive Education at Stanford University’s school, joins Moira to talk about his book “IdeaFlow.” You have no idea how important ideas are in your life, and just how many you’ll need! Then in biotech, human clinical trials have begun to treat a particular type of Epilepsy called Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. Dr. Cory Nicholas from Neurona Therapeutics, tells us about their big idea and how they have developed an unprecedented cell therapy.
59 minutes | Nov 13, 2022
Episode 495: Episode 22-46 High Seas Conspiracy
On this week’s Tech Nation, Moira speaks with Bloomberg BusinessWeek investigative journalist Kit Chellel (“Shell-lel”) talks about “Dead in the Water … A True Story of Hijacking, Murder, and a Global Maritime Conspiracy.” It makes the movie “Captain Philips” look pretty tame. Then if you thought that all the new vaccines would be mRNA vaccines – you’d be wrong. Dr. Robert Coleman, the Co-Founder and CEO of Codagenix, shows us how to precisely engineer viruses to be effective vaccines. Even better, these can be delivered nasally – there’s no need for a needle.
59 minutes | Nov 1, 2022
Episode 494: Episode 22-45 Turn Your DNA On and Off ??
On this week’s Tech Nation, Moira speaks with Dr. Alexandria Forbes (whom you may known as Zandy Forbes), President and CEO of MeiraGTx, tells us about their efforts in treating retinitis pigmentosa and Parkinson’s, among other medical conditions. MeiraGTx is also working on a new technology to replace defective DNA with new working DNA, and the ability to stop the new DNA should you choose. Then Matthew Ball, the former global head of strategy for Amazon Studios, talks his book: “The Metaverse … and How It Will Revolutionize Everything.”
59 minutes | Oct 28, 2022
Episode 493: Episode 22-44 Pirate Then, Pirates Now – Not Much Has Changed ??
On this week’s Tech Nation, Steven Johnson with “Enemy of All Mankind … A True Story of Piracy, Power and History’s First Global Manhunt.” It’s a 17th century story that’s rife with insights for today. Then Tech Nation Health Chief Correspondent Dr. Daniel Kraft talks about food as medicine – it might be steamed vegetables … or could that be chocolate and wine?
59 minutes | Oct 19, 2022
Episode 492: Episode 22-43 Mapping Biology ???
On this week’s Tech Nation, conjure up images of test tubes, and replace it with tiny wells on index-card-size trays, and robots moving them to and fro. Dr. Chris Gibson, the CEO of Recursion Pharmaceuticals, tells us about their effort to analyze all of human biology, and the drugs in their very own pipeline. Then, who knew Sociology and Criminology were linked? University of Denver professor Jared Del Rosso talks about his book “Denial … How We Hide, Ignore, and Explain Away Problems””, and answers the question – will the election deniers *always* believe the 2020 presidential election was stolen?
59 minutes | Oct 14, 2022
Episode 491: Episode 22-42 Neanderthal to Nobel Prize
On this week’s Tech Nation, an archival interview of the winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Professor Svante Paabo talks about his book: “Neanderthal Man … in search of lost genomes.” Then biotech takes on Osteoarthritis – mostly in the knee, but it can affect any joint. Dr. Diem Nguyen, the CEO of Xalud Therapeutics, talks about Xalud’s work to reduce the inflammation that drives pain. It’s now in human clinical trials.
59 minutes | Oct 5, 2022
Episode 490: Episode 22-41 Science, Technology and Race
On this week’s Tech Nation, Dr. Patrice Matchaba, the President of the Novartis US Foundation. He talks about how the limits of medical technology itself have excluded Black/African Americans and Persons of Color … and sometimes *all* women. Then University of Chicago professor Dr Neil Shubin talks about “Some Assembly required … Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA.” Ancient viruses in our DNA? And what about “jumping genes”?
59 minutes | Oct 1, 2022
Episode 489: Episode 22-40 A two-week anti-depression treatment?
On this week’s Tech Nation, it’s about developing medicines which enable the body to heal itself. First up, treating depression in a whole new way … and rapidly. Dr. Jeff Jonas, the Chief Innovation Officer and Director of Sage Therapeutics, talks about their drug Zuranolone, nearing the end of its drug approval journey. Then, Craig Parker, the CEO of Surrozen, talks about their work with the W-N-T pathway, or Wnt pathway. Their initial candidate for treatment? Repairing the liver.
59 minutes | Sep 22, 2022
Episode 488: Episode 22-39 Digital Technology, Freedom & Democracy
On this week’s Tech Nation, Moira speaks with Jamie Susskind about his book, “The Digital Republic … On Freedom and Democracy in the 21st Century”. Then, in Biotech, a potential successor to stem cells - fibroblasts? Yes, fibroblasts. Dr. Hamid Khoja, Chief Scientific Officer of FibroBiologics in Houston, describes their fibroblast programs in such diverse conditions as Degenerative Disk Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Diabetic Foot Ulcers.
59 minutes | Sep 13, 2022
Episode 487: Episode 22-38 YouTube – 500 hrs of Video per Minute
On this week’s Tech Nation, Moira speaks with Bloomberg and BusinessWeek journalist Mark Bergen about the challenge of keeping up with the 100’s of hours of video uploaded every minute. His book is “Like, Comment, Subscribe: Inside YouTube’s Chaotic Rise to World Domination”. Then an excerpt from Wired Science Editor Kara Platoni’s original interview about her 2015 book: “We Have the Technology: How Biohackers, Foodies, and Physicians are Transforming Human Perception.” It’s even more relevant today.
59 minutes | Sep 10, 2022
Episode 486: Episode 22-37 Long Covid – Biotech is working on it
On this week’s Tech Nation, Moira speaks with Dr. Jeffrey Cleland, the President & CEO of Ashvattha Therapeutics, about their drug development efforts to treat Long Covid. Then Dr. Greg Frost, the Chair and CEO of Exuma Biotech, tells us about their work to speed up CAR-T – from 4-6 weeks to just a few hours, and a second delivery method – programming a virus to produce the treatment protein needed. Just a simple injection under the skin. Finally, Wall Street Journal reporter Katherine Blunt with “California Burning … The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric – and What It Means for America’s Power Grid”. What’s causing many of those California wildfires? Aging Technology.
59 minutes | Sep 1, 2022
Episode 485: Episode 22-36 Bigotry, justice and environmental pollution
On this week’s Tech Nation, Moira speaks with Kirk Wallace Johnson talking about fisherman, immigrants, bigotry, justice and environmental pollution. It’s all in “The Fishermen and the Dragon … Fear, Greed, and a Fight for Justice on the Gulf Coast”. Then on BioTech Nation, Dr. Hernan Bazan, the Co-Founder & CEO of South Rampart Pharma in New Orleans. They’re working on the next generation of pain relief – non-opioid pain relief. The goal is to be equally powerful without the addiction.
59 minutes | Aug 24, 2022
Episode 484: Episode 22-35 The Future of Cities ???
On this week’s Tech Nation, Moira speaks with Harvard economics professors Edward Glaeser and David Cutler about “Survival of the City … Living and Thriving in an Age of Isolation.” Then Dr. Alex Pang’s advice about our work life from his 2016 book, “Rest … Why You Get More Done When You Work Less” is even more relevant now. And Tech Nation Health Chief Correspondent Dr Daniel Kraft talks to us about something unprecedented … our teeth!
59 minutes | Aug 19, 2022
Episode 483: Episode 22-34 How Did Edward Snowden Get So Far In Government Security ???
On this week’s Tech Nation, how exactly did Edward Snowden deliver those classified government documents into the hands of the media? Former Washington Post investigative journalist Bart Gellman, currently writing for The Atlantic, talks about his book: “Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State”. Then Tech Nation Health Chief Correspondent Dr. Daniel Kraft talks about the potential for genetic susceptibility to the COVID-19 virus, and other aspects of genetic predisposition to the success or failure of available medical treatments.
59 minutes | Aug 12, 2022
Episode 482: Episode 22-33 The New Astronauts
On this week’s Tech Nation, what Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Richard Branson all have in common: They all started spaceflight companies. Moira speaks with New Yorker writer NICHOLAS SCHMIDLE (“schmidd-uhl”) , the author of “Test Gods: Virgin Galactic and the Making of a Modern Astronaut”. Then 40% of Americans report that they have gained weight since the COVID pandemic began. Excerpts from a past interview with DR SANDRA AAMODT (“ehh-mutt”), the former editor-in-chief of Nature Neuroscience. Her TED Talk “Why Dieting Doesn’t Usually Work” has received over 4 Million views. She’s the author of the 2014 book, “Why Diets Make Us Fat … The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession with Weight Loss.”
59 minutes | Aug 4, 2022
Episode 481: Episode 22-32 What about Animals and Gender ???
On this week’s Tech Nation, Moira speaks with Emory University Primatologist Dr. Frans de Waal talks about his book: “Different … Gender Through the Eyes of a Primatologist. Then Dr. Steve Worland from eFFECTOR Therapeutics tells us about their approach to cancer. Among their efforts - Non-small cell lung cancer and ER positive breast cancer. And Kevin Ali the CEO of Organon explains how this women-focused company went global with its 64 products in one year. That’s a story in itself.
59 minutes | Jul 30, 2022
Episode 480: Episode 22-31 Replacing some of your DNA with new DNA that works better - and stopping it at will .
On this week’s Tech Nation, Moira speaks withDr. Alexandria Forbes (whom you may known as Zandy Forbes), President and CEO of MeiraGTx, tells us about their efforts in treating retinitis pigmentosa and Parkinson’s, among other medical conditions. MeiraGTx is also working on a new technology to replace defective DNA with new working DNA, and the ability to stop the new DNA should you choose. Then Matthew Ball, the former global head of strategy for Amazon Studios, talks his book: “The Metaverse … and How It Will Revolutionize Everything.”
59 minutes | Jul 21, 2022
Episode 479: Episode 22-30 Biotech meets in person !!
On this week’s Tech Nation, Moira speaks with the biotech companies at the BIO International Convention in San Diego. They meet in person for the first time in 3 years, where Dr. Gunn was able to speak with Paul Hastings, the Chair of BIO and the President & CEO of Nkarta, about the state of BIO and Nkarta’s work on delivering Natural Killer cells for cancer. Joe Panetta, President & CEO of Biocom California, brings insights into California as a whole and its relation globally, as well as the price of drugs. Dr. Richard Austin, founder and CEO of Reglagene talks about choosing their first-in-human drug for the brain cancer, Glioblastoma, and Dr. Chris Nave from Brandon Capital describes Polyactiva’s work in the treatment of glaucoma.
59 minutes | Jul 15, 2022
Episode 478: Episode 22-29 Tech Visionary – No Tech
On this week’s Tech Nation, Moira speaks withJohn Markoff, the former New York Times journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner, to talk about someone we would call today an “influencer” – only he has been influencing now for decades. Markoff’s book is “Whole Earth: The Many Lives of Stewart Brand”.Then in biotech, Dr. James Mackey, the President & CEO, Aristea Therapeutics, tells about a painful disease which affects the palms of hand and soles of feet in post-menopausal women - Palmoplantar pustulosis or PPP - and how it may relate to other diseases.
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