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                                                                Dr. Moira Gunn

Recent Programs


Air Date: May 24, 2017

  LARRY BRILLIANT, physician, technologist and best friend to Wavy Gravy, talks about helping to eradicate smallpox globally. He’s the author of “Sometimes Brilliant … The Impossible Adventure of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History.” Then on BioTech Nation, correcting the underrepresentation of Latinos in testing pharmaceuticals and directly addressing the Zika virus in humans. Dr. KOSMAS KRESTOS, the Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Consortium for Clinical Investigation (PRCCI) describes the efforts underway in Puerto Rico.

Air Date: May 16, 2017

 Data Scientist Dr. CATHY O’NEIL discusses her book, “Weapons of ‘Math’ Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy.” Then on BioTech Nation, Dr. DAVID JOHNSON is the Founder, President & CEO of GigaGen. He describes a new approach to achieving health with a compromised immune system. Also on BioTech Nation, critically-ill newborns get the genetic information they need … and fast. GAVIN STONE is the Vice President for Marketing at EdicoGenome in San Diego.

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Air Date: May 9, 2017

 Neuroscientist DANIEL LEVITIN talks about how we can tell the difference between a simple lie and a weaponized lie. His book is “Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era.” Then on Tech Nation Health, chief correspondent DR. DANIEL KRAFT tells us about The Internet of Medical Things and what it can do for us.

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Air Date: May 2, 2017

  NOAH KONIG from Cambridge Cognition and BEN FEHNERT from The CTRL Group, talk about their new venture upping the game for wearables, Cognition Kit, measuring cognition along with the impact of medications, and opening up these measurements for others to develop applications.

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Air Date: April 26, 2017

  KEITH DEVLIN, “The NPR Math Guy”,  tells us about "Finding Fibonacci: The Quest to Rediscover the Forgotten Mathematical Genius Who Changed the World”. Then on Tech Nation Health, chief correspondent DR. DANIEL KRAFT tells us about the winners of the Qualcomm Tricoder Xprize - StarTrek medicine isn’t fiction any more.

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Air Date: April 19, 2017

 BRAD STONE from Bloomberg News talks about “The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World.” On Tech Nation Health, integrating the data from all our smartphones apps and exercise bands, and much more is DREW SCHILLER, the CEO of Validic. Every nation approves drugs, medical devices and even cosmetics differently - GREER DEAL, the Director of Global Regulatory Services, breaks it down.

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Air Date: April 12, 2017

   NYU marketing professor, ADAM ALTER describes the rise of addictive personal technology. Then on Tech Nation Health, chief correspondent, DANIEL KRAFT, talks about the cutting edge of stem cell therapies today and in the future, and Second Genome’s DR. KARIM DABBAGH links bacteria in the gut to the inflammation experienced in IBD, Irritable Bowel Disease.

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Air Date: April 5, 2017

 Former Google CEO and Alphabet Executive Chair, ERIC SCHMIDT along with former Senior Vice President for Products, JONATHAN ROSENBERG talk about “How Google Works”. Then on Tech Nation Health, faster diagnostics for the 25 species of bacteria which cause Sepsis. JOHN MCDONOUGH, the CEO of T2 Biosystems, talks about their efforts in Sepsis and other new diagnostics for candida and Lyme disease.

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Air Date: March 28, 2017

  This Special Edition of Tech Nation Health figures in both the NFL and Major League Baseball. First up is JIM JOYCE, CEO of Aethlon Medical and Executive Chairman of Exosome Sciences. Its blood test appears to identify CTE – Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy – in retired NFL players. Then Right Eye returns with improvements to its eye tracking diagnostics for medical conditions, and a new project with professional sports. BARBARA BARCLAY is the President of Right Eye, and DR. MELISSA HUNFALVAY is its Chief Scientific Officer. Then, Tech Nation Health’s chief correspondent, DR. DANIEL KRAFT, talks about disruption in medical care, all brought about by emerging technology.

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Air Date: March 21, 2017

  OLIVIA FOX CABANE and JUDAH POLLACK disscuss their book: “The Net and the Butterfly – The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking”.  Their exercises all source from breakthroughs in neuroscience. Then on Tech Nation Health, DR. DANIEL KRAFT talks about the future of Neuroscience and Neuromedicine. On BioTech Nation, DR. ASHA DAS from Tocagen talks about their approach to treating brain tumors – it starts with a virus.

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Air Date: March 14, 2017

  In the second part of a two-part series on Digital Health, DR. RAJAIE BATNIJI describes how he became the Co-Founder and Chief Health Officer of Collective Health. It all started with a nightmare in filing health claims. Then on BioTech Nation is RIF PAMUKCHU, the CEO of RxMP Therapeutics. It’s about the technology of stopping blood loss.

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Air Date: March 7, 2017

 STEVEN JOHNSON, the author of “Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World” discusses his book. Then on Tech Nation Health, chief correspondent Dr. DANIEL KRAFT talks about the future of cancer – its prevention, early detection and emergent treatments. And Dr. NICLAS STIERNHOLM, the President & CEO of Trillium Therapeutics, tells us about identifying cancer cells so that the immune system can remove them.

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Air Date: February 28, 2017

 DEREK THOMPSON, a Senior Editor at The Atlantic, talks about his book “Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in the Age of Distraction”. Then on Tech Nation Health, Chief Correspondent Dr. DANIEL KRAFT talks about the future of aging, longevity and technology in the near and more distant future, and on BioTech Nation, Dr. NATHANIEL DAVID, Founder & CEO of Unity Biotechnology talks about the role of “senescent” cells in aging.

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Air Date: February 21, 2017

 ALAN BURDICK, former senior editor at The New Yorker and National Book Award finalist, discusses his latest book: “Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation”. Then on Tech Nation Health, Ken Horne, the CEO of SymicBio describes their efforts to better the long term results of angioplasty and a clinical trial for osteoarthritis in the knee. We’ll also hear from our chief correspondent DR. DANIEL KRAFT on the future of medical education. It’s not just doctors and nurses, but it’s also changing for everyday people.

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Air Date: February 14, 2017

 DANIEL LEVITIN, Dean of Social Sciences at the Minerva Schools at KGI, discusses his book “A Field Guide to Lies – Critical Thinking in the Information Age”. Then on BioTech Nation, the second installment in our two-part series on Women in biotech venture capital. It’s WENDE HUTTON, NINA KJELLSON and JULIE PAPANEK, all from Canaan Partners.

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Air Date: February 7, 2017

 Stanford Professor HANK GREELEY explains his book: “The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction”. Then on BioTech Nation, the winner of BIO’s Future Maker 2016 Award - Dr. HOWARD JACOBS from the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Air Date: January 31, 2017

 Dr. Taj Manku, the Co-Founder of Cognitive Systems in Waterloo, Canada, discusses AuraHome, a system which enables in-home security with no gadgets to put on your windows – no need to arm it when you leave. Then a new segment on Tech Nation - Tech Nation Health! Where we reimagine the future of health and healthcare with the emergence of new technologies. Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan is the Director of the National Library of Medicine. She talks about information available worldwide. Then chief correspondent for Tech Nation Health, Dr. Daniel Kraft, talks about 3-D printing in medicine.

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Air Date: January 24, 2017

 Jim Barry from the Consumer Technology Association discusses the latest tech from CES 2017 in Las Vegas. Also, Andrew Thomas, the co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer for SkyBell, explains their product - a video doorbell which you monitor from anywhere. He also describes his transition from a person dissatisfied with his work life to becoming an entrepreneur.

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Air Date: January 17, 2017

 Dava Sobel, author of “Longitude” talks about her new book: “The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars.” Then on BioTech Nation, Tom Kottler, the CEO of Healthprize Technologies, talks about strategies to get patients to take their prescribed medications. And Dr. Arnold Lippa, the Chief Scientific Officer of RespireRX reveals their multiple approaches to the respiratory problems relating to the overuse of opioids.

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Air Date: January 10, 2017

 DR. RITA COLWELL, Former Director of the National Science Foundation and Founder and Chair of CosmosID, explain the company's mission to change how we diagnose disease. Then on BioTech Nation, DR. KEVIN JUDICE, President & CEO of DiCE Molecules talks about its attempts to make biopharmaceutical drugs, normally infused into the bloodstream, into easy-to-take pills. Then DR. THOMAS HALLAM, Head of Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs at Leading BioSciences, talks about their efforts to intervene when a person goes into shock.    

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Air Date: January 3, 2017

 EDWARD TUFTE, Yale University Professor Emeritus, tells us about his work in Data Visualization – and his books, including "Beautiful Evidence". Then on BioTech Nation, efforts to treat the rare genetic cardiovascular disorder – HCM. You will recognize it as the leading cause of sudden death in young athletes. TASSOS GIANOKAKOS, the CEO of MyoKardia, tells us about the condition, the impact on families and Myokardia’s approach.

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Air Date: December 27, 2016

 Journalist BRIAN CHRISTIAN and UC Berkeley Professor TOM GRIFFITHS, the Director of the Computational Cognitive Science Lab discuss their book, “Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions”. Then on Biotech Nation, it’s all about Youth Rally, an annual camp for kids and teens with conditions of the bowel and bladder. We’ll hear from its chair, PAUL HASTINGS, who is also the President and CEO of OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, as well as Youth Rally’s APRIL GIMLEN and EMILY MALLAR.  

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Air Date: December 20, 2016

 SC MOATTI speaks about her background with Facebook, Trulia and Nokia, and her book, “Mobilized …. An insider’s guide to the business and future of connected technology”. Then on BioTech Nation, how much do we know about the clinical trials behind drugs approved by the FDA? JENNIFER MILLER, the Founder and President of Bioethics, International and a professor at NYU Medical School, talks about the Good Pharma Scorecard.    

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Air Date: December 13, 2016  

 The founding executive editor at Wired magazine, KEVIN KELLY, discusses “The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 technological forces that will shape our future.” Then on Biotech Nation, looking for cancer cells in the blood. DR. PAUL DEMPSEY, Chief Scientific Officer of Cynvenio Biosystems talks about their technology and an ongoing clinical study of women with breast cancer.    

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Air Date: December 6, 2016  

 Neuroscientist DR. ALEX PANG is the author of “Rest … Why You Get More Done When You Work Less.” Then on BioTech Nation, the focus is Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Gunn speaks with Kevin Cox, CEO of Imanova about the ability to actually examine the state of the brain on a more routine basis, improving diagnosis and predicting the success or failure of drugs. Then, it’s Dr. CHARLES STACEY, the President and CEO of Accera. The basis for their Alzheimer’s treatment centers on glucose uptake in the brain.    

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Air Date: November 29, 2016  

 DR. ALEXANDRA HOROWITZ, the Director of the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard is the author of “Being a Dog: Following the Dog into a World of Smell.” Then on BioTech Nation, Dr. IGNACIO PINO, is the CEO of the next generation proteomics company, CDI, located in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.    

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Air Date: November 22, 2016  

 DR. SUSAN DAVID, a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School  tells us about “Emotional Agility” - what is it, how we can use, and what science can tell us about how it actually works. Then on BioTech Nation, DANIEL ZARR, CEO of Quark Pharmaceuticals. Their approach uses a part of the immune system called siRNA, and they are working on treatments for kidney damage following open heart surgery, damage to kidneys during the transplantation process, and sudden vision loss.    

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Air Date: November 15, 2016  

 BRIAN SAGER, the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Omnity, a search engine – not based on keywords, but search in the context of entire documents. Google isn’t going away – but your need to find information is growing. Then on BioTech Nation, the promise and challenges of cancer immunotherapy. Dr. Gunn speaks with DR. SEAN MCCARTHY, the CEO of CytomX Therapeutics.    

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Air Date: November 8, 2016  

 MIT professor SHERRY TURKLE about the psychological effect of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Her latest book is “Reclaiming Conversation … The Power of Talk in a Digital Age”. Then on BioTech Nation, in the pediatric area, diagnosing some behavioral problems and mental disorders by testing the immune system. DR. CRAIG SHIMASAKI, the CEO of Moleculera Labs, explains their test and the science behind it.    

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Air Date: November 1, 2016  

 LARRY BRILLIANT, physician, technologist and best friend to Wavy Gravy, about helping to eradicate smallpox globally. He’s the author of “Sometimes Brilliant … The Impossible Adventure of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History.” Then on BioTech Nation, correcting the underrepresentation of Latinos in testing pharmaceuticals and directly addressing the Zika virus in humans. DR. KOSMAS KRESTOS, the Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Consortium for Clinical Investigation (PRCCI) describes the efforts underway in Puerto Rico.    

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Air Date: October 25, 2016  

 GARY SHAPIRO, head of the Consumer Technology Association. He’ll tell us what’s coming up at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. Then on BioTech Nation, DR. STEVE MENTO, the CEO of Conatus Pharmaceuticals, talks about their efforts to treat NASH – Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, and BILL NEWELL, the CEO of Sutro Biopharma, fills us in on their strategic approach to treating cancer. Their first target? B-cell lymphomas.    

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Air Date: October 18, 2016  

 PBS Nova columnist ANIL ANANTHASWAMY about “The Man Who Wasn’t There … Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self”. And on BioTech Nation, STEVE HURST, the President & CEO of Savant HWP. We hear about an emergent treatment for cocaine addiction, work in the tropical disease Leishmaniasis, and the unexpected link between addiction to dopamine in Parkinson’s patients.    

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Air Date: October 11, 2016  

 Data Scientist Dr. CATHY O’NEIL about her book, “Weapons of ‘Math’ Destruction … How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy.” Then on BioTech Nation, a new approach to achieving health with a compromised immune system. Dr. DAVID JOHNSON is the Founder, President & CEO of GigaGen. And critically-ill newborns get the genetic information they need … and fast. GAVIN STONE is the Vice President for Marketing at EdicoGenome in San Diego.    

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Air Date: October 4, 2016  

 DAN MOTE, the President of the National Academy of Engineering. They talk about the difference between technology and engineering. Then on BioTech Nation, SIR JOHN CHISHOLM, head of Genomics England and the 100,000 Genomes Project.    

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Air Date: September 27, 2016  

 ROSS KING, the author of Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lillies. Then on BioTech Nation, upping the game for wearables – NOAH KONIG from Cambridge Cognition and BEN FEHNERT from The CTRL Group, talk about their new venture, Cognition Kit. Measuring cognition along with the impact of medications, and opening up these measurements for others to develop applications.    

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Air Date: September 20, 2016  

 AL RAMADAN, DAVE PETERSON, and CHRIS LOCHHEAD, the authors of “Play Bigger - How Pirates, Dreamers, and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets”. Then on BioTech Nation, GEORGE YEH, the President of Taiwan-based TLC Biotherapeutics, tells us about their efforts to make treatments for Aged-related Macular Degeneration last longer, and Dr. CHUCK SHERWOOD, President & CEO of Anika Therapeutics, on how Anika is bringing three Osteoarthritis treatments, approved in Europe, to the US market.    

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Air Date: September 13, 2016  

 ROBERT CIALDINI, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University, and author, “Pre-suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade”. Then on BioTech Nation, DR. DANIEL KRAFT, the Chair of Medicine at Singularity University. He’s the Founder of Exponential Medicine, the annual fall conference each year in San Diego, which brings together people interested in the frontiers of medicine, and the technology that can drive it.    

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Air Date: September 6, 2016  

 DANIEL LEVITIN, Dean of Social Sciences at the Minerva Schools at KGI, and author of “A Field Guide to Lies – Critical Thinking in the Information Age”. Then on BioTech Nation, the second installment in our two-part series on Women in biotech venture capital. It’s WENDE HUTTON, NINA KJELLSON and JULIE PAPANEK, all from Canaan Partners.   

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Air Date: August 30, 2016  

 SHARON VOSMEK, the CEO of Astia, providing capital, connections, and guidance highly-innovative, women-led ventures around the globe. Then on BioTech Nation, the first of a two-part series on Women in biotech venture capital: DR. MARIANNE DE BACKER, the Vice President for Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Janssen Business Development.    

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Air Date: August 23, 2016   

 Stanford Professor HANK GREELY about “The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction”. Then on BioTech Nation, the winner of BIO’s Future Maker 2016 Award - DR. HOWARD JACOBS from the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Alabama.    

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Air Date: August 16, 2016   

 DR. SANDRA AAMODT, the author of “Why Diets Make Us Fat … The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession with Weight Loss.” Then on BioTech Nation, looking for new drugs … in the ocean. DR. EDUARDO ESQUENAZI, the Founder and CEO of Sirenas Marine Discovery, talks about bioprospecting.   

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Air Date: August 9, 2016    

 DR. SHAI GOZANI, President & CEO of Neurometrix. It’s about treating chronic pain with a small device strapped to your calf. Apparently … it’s all in your brain. Then on BioTech Nation, DR. THEODORA ROSS, the Director of Cancer Genetics Program at Southwestern Medical Center talks about cancer susceptibility genes. Her book is “A Cancer in the Family … Take Control of Your Genetic Inheritance”  

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Air Date: August 2, 2016

 Tech Nation broadcasts from the International Biotechnology Conference, BIO 2016 in San Francisco. This week’s guests are JIM GREENWOOD, President and CEO of BIO, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, MIKE MAY, Editorial Director, Scientific American WorldView 2016, and YALI FRIEDMAN, its head of Data Analytics, ROGER CRYSTAL, the CEO of Opiant Pharmaceuticals, and GARETH WILLIAMS with Marks & Clerk International Intellectual Property Firm.   

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Air Date: July 26, 2016

 SC MOATTI about her background with Facebook, Trulia and Nokia, and her book, “Mobilized …. An insider’s guide to the business and future of connected technology”. Then on BioTech Nation, how much do we know about the clinical trials behind drugs approved by the FDA? JENNIFER MILLER, the Founder and President of Bioethics, International and a professor at NYU Medical School, talks about the Good Pharma Scorecard.    

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Air Date: July 19, 2016

  Journalist BRIAN CHRISTIAN & UC Berkeley Professor TOM GRIFFITHS, the Director of the Computational Cognitive Science Lab about their book, “Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions”. Then on Biotech Nation, it’s all about Youth Rally, an annual camp for kids and teens with conditions of the bowel and bladder. We’ll hear from its chair, PAUL HASTINGS, who is also the President and CEO of OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, as well as Youth Rally’s, APRIL GIMLEN, and EMILY MALLAR.    

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Air Date: July 12, 2016

 The founding executive editor at Wired magazine, KEVIN KELLY, talks about “The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 technological forces that will shape our future.” Then on Biotech Nation, looking for cancer cells in the blood. DR. PAUL DEMPSEY, Chief Scientific Officer of Cynvenio Biosystems talks about their technology and an ongoing clinical study of women with breast cancer.   

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Air Date: July 5, 2016

  Johns Hopkins professor DR. DAVID LINDEN about “Touch … The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind.” Then on BioTech Nation, ANTHONY RAESIDE, the Head of Research at The Evaluate Group in London. He’ll preview the global pharmaceutical industry and give us a look ahead to 2020, and on BioIssue of the Week with David Ewing Duncan, it’s President Obama’s announcement about a precision medicine initiative.   

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 Air Date: June 28, 2016

  MIT professor DAVID MINDELL about “Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy.” He’s out to dispel the “persistent misconceptions about robots.” Then on BioTech Nation, PAUL PERRAULT, the CEO of CSL Behring, on their long history from the Spanish flu a century ago to Hemophilia today, and SHANE KOVACS from PTC Therapeutics, on nonsense mutations and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.    

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Air Date: June 21, 2016

 DR. CHARLOTTE JACOBS, the author of “Jonas Salk: A Life”. They re-visit 1950’s America under the threat of Polio – what did science know and what had it gotten wrong? Then on BioTech Nation, JAY LICHTER, co-founder of Otonomy,  tells us about his diagnosis of Menieres disease, and how, as a venture capitalist, he decided to start a company to find better treatment options on the spot.    

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