I AM BIO

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Powerful stories of biotechnology breakthroughs, the people they help, the global problems they solve, and the politicians with the power to mess it all up. Hosted by BIO President & CEO Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath.

Episode Date
Hydroxycloroquine & the Shorting of Science
00:31:23
Patients with autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis have been forced to ration or skip doses of hydroxycloroquine during the pandemic due to shortages caused by off-label prescribing. Yet despite multiple FDA clinical studies that concluded the drug offers no clinical benefit against covid and may increase dangerous side effects; President Trump continues to use the bully pulpit to suggest otherwise. Its not like autoimmune patients — at greater risk of serious COVID disease, stress-induced flare-ups and vaccine complications — didn’t have enough to worry about already.
Aug 10, 2020
Clinical Trials and Tribulations
00:29:21
As Moderna breaks the record for speed on starting its final stage of human testing for its covid vaccine, new BIO CEO Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath tackles the thorny issue of how to best structure the historic Phase 3 clinical trial with the Boston biotech’s Chief Medical Officer. How can America overcome the shameful legacy of the Tuskegee experiments and ensure vaccine efficacy of those hardest hit by the coronavirus? Hosted by Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath
Aug 03, 2020
Vaccines are a Virtue (Redux)
00:31:41
As biotech researchers work around the clock on a covid vaccine, ill-informed, anti-science anti-vaxxers must be denounced and excoriated in the public square. BIO’s head of infectious disease policy Phyllis Arthur administers a vital dose of vaccine education, because none of us is safe until we all are.
Jul 27, 2020
The Other Pandemic: Beating “Nightmare Bugs” (Part 2 of 2)
00:31:50
Viral pandemics can lead to secondary bacterial infections that kill millions, Dr. Anthony Fauci concluded after studying the 1918 Spanish flu. A century later, COVID and antibiotic resistance are proving to be a lethal combination. What are the biopharma industry and Congress doing to keep your loved ones safe from superbugs?
Jul 20, 2020
The Other Pandemic “Bugs Always Win” (Part 1 of 2)
00:28:35
Long before COVID’s arrival, antibiotic-resistance was a quiet global pandemic. Now that secondary bacterial infections are killing so many vulnerable patients in the COVID era, the pressure is growing for policy makers to finally address the antibiotics market failure. A cardiologist-turned-biotech entrepreneur explains why the superbugs always win.
Jul 13, 2020
COVID & the Plastics Problem
00:32:06
Fear and misinformation about how the coronavirus is transmitted has led to dangerous backsliding in society’s efforts to address plastic pollution. But we don’t have to lose this battle to win the COVID war. A Georgia biotech is first to market with a green biopolymer material that looks and feels like plastic but dissolves in ocean water.
Jul 06, 2020
“Herd” Immunity (Redux)
00:36:14
Biotech companies are working feverishly to develop antibody therapies to provide short-term protection against COVID-19. But what if the novel coronavirus mutates and outwits traditional monoclonal antibodies? Well, that’s where the super cows come in.
Jun 29, 2020
COVID’s Essential Work
00:29:50
The physician-wife of Roivant Sciences CEO Vivek Ramaswamy rushed back to the front lines at the pandemic’s peak — less than a month after giving birth to the couple’s first son. Meanwhile, dad cared for their newborn while testing a promising therapeutic that seeks to overcome deadly cytokine storms caused by the novel coronavirus.
Jun 22, 2020
Deep Diving for COVID Cures
00:43:23
By studying our earliest evolutionary ancestors in the ocean, marine biotech researchers are gaining fresh insights about everything from anti-virals to coronavirus nasal swab testing to the inner workings of our adaptive immune systems. Learn what sea sponges, lugworms and sharks can teach us about improving human health during this crisis.
Jun 15, 2020
Vaccine Velocity
00:33:17
How can global nonprofits like the Center for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) deliver a safe and effective vaccine against the novel coronavirus in just 12 to 18 months when the world record for vaccine approval is four years? CEPI CEO Richard Hatchett, a 9/11 hero, says it’s all about smart planning. By the time governments give the green light on the safety and efficacy of a covid vaccine, manufacturer capacity will be pre-scaled up and able to quickly churn out doses by the tens or hundreds of millions.
Jun 08, 2020
What Can Iceland Tell Us About COVID?
00:31:33
The people of Iceland — a country of 360,000 — eagerly volunteered for genetic research on how the coronavirus affects a homogeneous population. Amgen’s work in the Land of Fire and here at home could deliver answers and antibodies to help mitigate the pandemic threat.
Jun 04, 2020
Bats Don’t Have Passports
00:33:01
Modernity is plowing new frontiers, bringing us closer to exotic wildlife rich in viruses that our immune systems have not evolved to fight. Preventing future pandemics will require global cooperation, local action and a comprehensive strategy to monitor infectious disease hotspots to reduce the risk of zoonotic disease.
May 25, 2020
COVID X-FACTOR
00:31:50
The diversity of our adaptive immune system is why people are reacting so differently to the novel coronavirus. No two people present the virus the exact same way to their immune systems. We’ve evolved in this way as humans to ensure no virus can eradicate our species.
May 18, 2020
COVID-19: How It Ends Trailer
00:01:56
How will this deadly global pandemic end? And when? Learn every Monday how the miracles of biotechnology will deliver us from this crisis. The great battle is underway: biotech vs. coronavirus. Subscribe to/follow the I AM BIO podcast today on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or your podcast player of choice.
May 18, 2020
Cancer in the COVID Era
00:19:34
Overcrowded hospitals during the pandemic can pose treatment challenges for patients with other serious illnesses. As Kite Pharma CEO Christi Shaw says, “Cancer doesn’t stop in a crisis.” Neither do her company’s employees, who go to extraordinary lengths to get personalized CAR-T treatments to patients around the world.
May 15, 2020
Biotech's Finest Hour (Redux)
00:47:34
As the world waits for biotechnology to deliver COVID-19 treatments and a vaccine, Ambassador Deborah Birx tells BIO’s scientists: “Expectations are high because you’ve delivered for us before and I know that you can deliver for us again.” BIO chairman Jeremy Levin, a biotech pioneer, explains how the industry will rise to meet this moment.
May 11, 2020
“Herd” Immunity
00:36:14
Biotech companies are working feverishly to develop antibody therapies to provide short-term protection against COVID-19. But what if the novel coronavirus mutates and outwits traditional monoclonal antibodies? Well, that’s where the super cows come in.
May 07, 2020
COVID-19’s True Origins (Redux)
00:38:56
There's a joke among ecological health scientists that if “you don’t believe one person can change the world, try eating an undercooked bat.” However, what EcoHealth Alliance’s Dr. William Karesh — a world-renowned expert on zoonotic disease transmission — reveals about the trend line for animal-to-human viral transmission is no laughing matter.
May 04, 2020
Destroying COVID's Genome
00:38:48
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, which take its name from the center and brightest star in Orion’s Belt, is working on an RNAi therapy to destroy the genome of the novel coronavirus — and with it, its ability to replicate and kill.
Apr 30, 2020
Vaccines are a Virtue
00:33:12
As biotech researchers work around the clock on a covid vaccine, ill-informed, anti-science anti-vaxxers must be denounced and excoriated in the public square. BIO’s head of infectious disease policy Phyllis Arthur administers a vital dose of vaccine education, because none of us is safe until we all are.
Apr 27, 2020
COVID-19’s True Origins
00:38:34
There a joke among ecological heath scientists that if “you don’t believe one person can change the world, try eating an undercooked bat.” However, what EcoHealth Alliance’s Dr. William Karesh — a world-renowned expert on zoonotic disease transmission — reveals about the trend line for animal-to-human viral transmission is no laughing matter.
Apr 23, 2020
COVID-19: We Were Warned
00:49:35
For years, leaders on the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense told Congress and the White House that it wasn’t a matter of if, but when, a pandemic would happen. Exploring the panel’s unheeded recommendations can give the United States a blueprint for what to do going forward to protect us from the coronavirus and future threats.
Apr 20, 2020
Going Viral
00:23:22
Vir Biotechnology CEO George Scangos is the scientist selected by his peers to lead the biotechnology industry’s efforts to mitigate and ultimately end the pandemic. He explains how and why the novel coronavirus is so contagious and potentially dangerous to millions.
Apr 17, 2020
Biotech’s Finest Hour
00:52:36
As the world waits for biotechnology to deliver COVID-19 treatments and a vaccine, Ambassador Deborah Brix tells BIO’s scientists: “Expectations are high because you’ve delivered for us before and I know that you can deliver for us again.” BIO chairman Jeremy Levin, a biotech pioneer, explains how the industry will rise to meet this moment.
Apr 13, 2020
The Antibody Test Shortage
00:26:37
Only antibody testing can tell us who has been infected and recovered from coronavirus and when it might be safe to return to work. There’s a massive global shortage of these tests, and a Maryland biotech is racing to bolster the U.S. supply.
Apr 06, 2020
Sickle Cell Saviors
01:02:27
Need a dose of inspiration in a time of national tragedy? A remarkable biotech breakthrough from Global Blood Therapeutics offers fresh hope to patients living with sickle-cell disease.
Apr 03, 2020
COVID-19 Could Generate 1st Computerized Vaccine
00:59:46
Futuristic biotech Moderna is the first to clinically test a coronavirus vaccine, created in weeks using only the virus’ genetic code. The company’s messenger RNA breakthrough may be just in time as a former CDC director warns that animal viruses spilling over to humans is the new normal.
Mar 30, 2020
Coronavirus Lung Treatment Could be Ready In Weeks
00:40:16
Regeneron’s rheumatoid arthritis drug shows promise to treat coronavirus-related lung syndrome and stop the inflammation that leads to death. The company also expects to test a preventative antibody shot in June.
Mar 23, 2020
Trying our Patients
00:35:38
As genetic sequencing gives scientists new tools to hone in on medical mysteries, Washington politicians flirt dangerously with policies that would stymie the genomic revolution while giving patients scant pricing relief at the pharmacy counter.
Mar 09, 2020
An Alternative to Flying Dirty
00:40:12
While Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has kindled a global dialogue about the ravages of climate change and the role of airline emissions, a Colorado biotech is putting forward a jaw-dropping alternative to flight shaming: actual jet fuel with no carbon footprint.
Feb 24, 2020
I AM BIO trailer
00:02:09
Biotechnology is a game-changer. It’s providing new hope to patients with some of the cruelest diseases, like cystic fibrosis and sickle-cell anemia. It’s giving us ways to drive and fly without destroying our climate. It’s feeding the hungry, helping farmers and possibly saving the banana from extinction. Join us on our journey as we explore the miracles of biotechnology. Follow or subscribe to the I AM BIO podcast today.
Feb 06, 2020
Superbuggin’
00:27:39
Incurable gonorrhea and the deadly hospital superbug C. diff offer a frightening window into the gathering public health menace of antibiotic resistance. If society doesn’t wake up and tackle the problem, we could be headed toward a calamity on the magnitude of climate change.
Jan 31, 2020
First Dose
00:42:44
One day before 16-year-old Izzy Thorpe-Wall takes her first dose of Vertex’s stunning Cystic Fibrosis breakthrough, Thorpe and her mother, Clare, open up about their emotional journey and one brave girl’s determination to stay healthy long enough to meet this day of her dreams.
Jan 31, 2020
Superbuggin’
00:28:20
Incurable gonorrhea and the deadly hospital superbug C. diff offer a frightening window into the gathering public health menace of antibiotic resistance. If society doesn’t wake up and tackle the problem, we could be headed toward a calamity on the magnitude of climate change.
Oct 30, 2019