A New Generation Comfortable Doing a Thousand Things at a Time Is Reinventing Life Science Says Joe Beechem of NanoString

Joe Beechem, CSO and SVP of Research and Development, NanoString Technologies

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0:00 Spatial biology could transform life science more than NGS

7:03 How would you compare CosMx to GeoMx?

10:55 New applications

16:30 A major discovery tool

23:15 How does NanoString fit in with the competition?

28:01 The history of GeoMx

36:05 Anything you couldn’t do with CosMx that you wanted to?

“I’ve seen a lot of revolutions. Now we’re at the beginning of spatial biology, and I think it has the chance to transform life science similar to next gen sequencing, but even more. It’s going to have more ramifications that spread through more disciplines than any of the revolutions I’ve seen in a while.”

That’s Joe Beechem speaking on today's program. He’s been working with or inventing life science instruments for thirty-five years. He’s now the Chief Scientific Officer at leading spatial biology company, NanoString Technologies, where he is also the chief designer of their GeoMx instrument introduced in 2019 and their new CosMx which they just unveiled last month at the 2022 Spatial Biology Summit.

Just how will the new CosMx instrument cause a revolution in our field? How does it open things up for biologists? How does it differ from NanoString’s popular pioneering instrument GeoMx? What new spatial applications have Joe excited? And how does NanoString fit in with the blossoming competition in this space?

Joe’s passion is contagious, and his perspective inspiring.

“We have a new generation of scientists that are getting into spatial biology. They grew up with the next gen sequencing revolution. They grew up with single cell RNA seq. They are totally comfortable doing thousands of things at a time. And they are taking this field by storm. It’s like, you’re either going to get on this train or you’re going to be left at the station holding a flag. And no one is going to look back and see where you are left. We’re taking a field that is 150 years old and reinventing it overnight."