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Bernard Munos, Apostle of Innovation Part I

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Bernard Munos, Founder of InnoThink Bio and Contact Info

Listen (6:24) Pharma industry edging toward irrelevance

Listen (5:54) All industries go through period of disruption

Listen (8:33) What is behind the terrible outlook?

Listen (4:21) A change in values

Listen (3:46) Why is Bernard Munos speaking out?

Listen (6:46) Dashed hopes for big change at Eli Lilly

Bernard Munos is the founder of InnoThink, a partnership dedicated to bringing innovation to the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to this he spent 30 years in various roles at Eli Lilly, including market research and corporate development and business strategy. During his last 10 years at Lilly, he focused on disruptive innovation and the radical redesign of the industry R&D model. His research, which has been published in Nature and Science, has helped stimulate a broad rethinking of the pharmaceutical business model. Bernard presents his findings at numerous conferences around the world and is considered a leader in pharma innovation.

He studied at Stanford University, UC Davis, and the Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food, and Environmental Sciences. We’re pleased to have him for a two part show to talk about the pharma industry and his ideas for fixing it.

hackedChatting with Bernard at a local winery in Los Gatos

Anne Wojcicki, CEO, 23andMe

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Anne Wojcicki, CEO, 23andMe Bio and Contact Info

Listen (8:18) Influencers

Listen (1:14) What were you doing when the human genome was first sequenced?

Listen (2:16) 23andMe, an engine for transforming healthcare

Listen (4:21) Questions from the mendelspod audience

Listen (4:26) Favorite example of a customer

Listen (0:56) Important to win over scientific community

Listen (3:41) Personal questions are a distraction

Anne Wojcicki is the co-founder and CEO of the consumer genomics company, 23andMe. Prior to founding the company in 2006, Anne worked in healthcare investing ,focused primarily on biotech companies. Anne graduated from Yale with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Under Anne's leadership 23andMe has made significant advances in bringing personalized medicine directly to the public. Presently, 23andMe has built one of the world's largest databases of individual genetic information. Its novel, web-based research approach allows for the rapid recruitment of participants to many genome-wide association studies at once. Getting access to and understanding her own genetic information had always been one of Anne’s ambitions.

An eBay for Science with Elizabeth Iorns

Podcast Sponsor: Assay Depot- The world's largest cloud-based Research Exchange for pharmaceutical research services. Assay Depot is currently sponsoring the Open Science Challenge. Submit your research plan to, for a chance to win from the $10,000 prize pool. Guest: Elizabeth Iorns, CEO, Science Exchange Bio and Contact Info Listen (4:21) What is Science Exchange? Listen (3:06) Who are the providers? Listen (1:33) Advantages of being vendorized Listen (3:02) Will this send jobs overseas? Listen (11:06) Participation in Y Combinator Listen (3:55) Is this the future? Listen (1:38) New site trends Outsourcing is more and more the trend in bio these days. In an effort to reduce the huge cost of drug development, big pharma is teaming up with universities and small biotech. One hears of new virtual companies set up relying completely on a network of partners, much like NuMedii, a company we recently profiled. Yet there are challenges that come with outsourcing. Elizabeth Iorns and her colleagues have started to address just those challenges. The site is being referred to as an eBay for science. A former researcher herself at the University of Miami, Elizabeth joins us today to tell us about this new marketplace and how it solves outsourcing challenges.

Best of mendelspod - Highlights 2011

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Listen (3:50) Steve Burill: New Model for Big Pharma

Listen (7:06) Dan Vorhaus: The Myriad Case

Listen (3:36) Russ Altman: Personal Genomics and Patent Law

Listen (3:43) Mike Snyder: Million Dollar Interpretation

Listen (2:50) Howard McLeod: PGENI

Listen (2:08) Jonathan Eisen: Why Open Science?

Listen (3:12) George Church: Scientists and the Public

Listen (4:25) Ron Davis: Fit Between University and Industry

Listen (3:01) Greg Scott-Will China Soon Have a Steve Jobs?

As we approach the last day of 2011, we thought we’d look back and bring you highlights of the year, the very best of mendelspod. Included in today’s show are snippets from industry leaders on personalized medicine, the evolution of big pharma, gene patents, and thoughts on open science.

NOTE: It’s important to acknowledge that mendelspod has been made possible through the generous support of our sponsors throughout the year. We thank all of them for their partnership. We wish them and all of you a very happy holiday.

Bringing Engineers to Medicine with Dr. Ron Davis, Stanford Genome Center

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Dr. Ron Davis, Director, Stanford Genome Technology Center, Bio and Contact Info

Money from prize to research chronic fatique syndrome Listen (2:04) Money from prize to research chronic fatique syndrome

Bringing engineers to clinical medicine Listen (6:48) Bringing engineers to clinical medicine

Fit between university lab and commercial development Listen (8:04) Fit between university lab and commercial development

Fan of targeted analysis of genome Listen (5:47) Fan of targeted analysis of genome

Should scientists engage general public? Listen (3:17) Should scientists engage general public?

What about technology drives you? Listen (6:32) What about technology drives you?

Is NIH funding academic welfare? Listen (3:29) Is NIH funding academic welfare?

Thoughts on 'open science' Listen (11:18) Thoughts on 'open science'

How do you characterize yourself? Listen (1:33) How do you characterize yourself?

We’re delighted to welcome to mendelspod a veteran of the life science arena, Dr. Ron Davis. He’s the director of the Stanford Genome Technology Center and winner of this year’s Gruber Genetics Prize. The prize was presented to Ron a couple weeks ago at the ASHG ho-down in Montreal. Ron has been a leader in the area of genomics and high throughput biochemical techniques and been involved in the spinoff of multiple start-up companies from his lab at Stanford. He’s a co-founder of ParAllele, a company later purchased by Affymetrix and is former advisor to Ion Torrent, whose semiconductor sequencing technology is dramatically reducing the cost of sequencing.

Ron shares with us some of the current technology that he's working on and talks about how he goes about it. In a very candid interview, Ron talks about issues around NIH funding and the growing 'open science' movement.

Access Is a Right: Open Science Summit 2011

This last weekend “open science” evangelist Joseph Jackson and his colleagues put on the 2nd annual Open Science Summit (we were a media sponsor). The conference was held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View California. Midway through the first day, a small unmanned robot appeared at the door. The little fellow stopped, looked around, then proceeded directly toward the stage forcing Mr. Jackson to pick up the pesky bugger and take him out of the room.

Open Science Summit 2011

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Joseph Jackson, Organizer, Open Science Summit Bio and Contact Info

Why open science for you? Listen (3:37) Why open science for you?

2nd Open Science Summit Listen (6:03) 2nd Open Science Summit

The future (or end) of IP Listen (8:49) The future (or end) of IP

Does open science mean free science? Listen (8:02) Does open science mean free science?

Put failures online as well Listen (6:37) Put failures online as well

A matter of when to publish Listen (5:09) A matter of when to publish

Obstacles to open science Listen (4:50) Obstacles to open science

Dr. Tomasz Sablinski, Founder, Transparency LS Bio and Contact Info

Crowdsourcing clinical trials Listen (9:32) Crowdsourcing clinical trials

Company objective Listen (5:20) Company objective

Advantages to open method Listen (6:01) Advantages to open method

Process Listen (3:03) Process

Is this the future? Listen (4:41) Is this the future?

'Open science' is a term frequently used in the life science community today. In an interview with KQED in San Francisco, open science evangelist Joseph Jackson says, “in the long run, open science will transform the way science is done, enhancing the best aspects of science while helping correct potential abuses and distortions." Mr. Jackson is the organizer of the 2nd Open Science Summit taking place in Mountain View CA Oct 22-23. He’s a co-founder of BioCurious, a community lab in Sunnyvale and co founder of LavaAmp, maker of an inexpensive, pocket size pcr machine. I am pleased to have Joseph and Dr. Tomasz Sablinski, a speaker at the conference, on the program today to talk about the upcoming summit.

Stalking the Fourth Domain with Jonathan Eisen, Ph D

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Guest: Jonathan Eisen, Ph D, UC Davis Genome Center, Bio and Contact Info

Today we have a special show. In our first video production, we’re coming to you from the UC Davis Genome Center where we’re joined by evolutionary biologist, Dr. Jonathan Esien. Jonathan and his lab here are becoming better known since the release of a paper in February which suggested evidence of a fourth domain to the basic tree of life. What do we mean by 4th domain? We’ll be asking Jonathan that soon. He is this year’s recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Award, and we’re pleased he had us to his lab.

Attending Spring BioConference Live 2011

This week I “attended” the Spring BioConference Live 2011, a virtual conference devoted to the life sciences put on by the folks at Lab Roots. In the new online age, the concept of “attending” continues to be redefined. Promotion and registration proceed like with any conference. I first heard of the online conference back in 2009, and though my curiosity was pricked, I declined the free registration.

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