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This week Patrick is joined by Sir Peter Donnelly, CEO of Genomics PLC and Professor of Statistical Science at the University of Oxford. They discuss how to get from data to implementation in the clinic, the challenges of polygenic risk scores including prediction across different ethnic backgrounds, and the role of genomics in drug discovery.
This week’s guest is Laurence Reid, CEO at Decibel Therapeutics. He talks to Patrick about the journey to deliver novel gene therapies to patients with genetic hearing loss and balance disorders, the future of tackling hearing issues at birth, and his experience learning about the field of inner-ear biology and taking up the role of CEO at Decibel.
This week Patrick is joined by three pioneering guests united by one ground-breaking project: the UK BioBank’s Whole Genome Sequencing Project. Dr Mark Effingham, Deputy CEO of UK Biobank; Dr Kári Stefánsson, Founder and CEO of deCODE Genetics, and Professor Marylyn Ritchie, University of Pennsylvania, discuss the goals of the collaboration, it’s challenges, and the potential it has to change the future of genomics research.
This week’s guest is Nathalie Kingston, Director of the NIHR BioResource. She talks to Patrick about how the scale of the BioResource has grown dramatically over the last nine years, her most exciting moments as Director to date, and how the BioResource is using Sano's technology to accelerate and support its research programmes.
In the last episode of the year, Patrick joins forces with the host of the Personalized Medicine Podcast, Oleksandr Yagensky, to discuss six of the biggest and most exciting breakthroughs in genetics research in 2021. They talk about developments including cancer testing in healthy people, newborn genetic screening, AI and machine learning, stem cells, and more.
In this week’s episode Patrick speaks to Quin Wills and Jack O’ Meara, Co-Founders of Ochre Bio, about their founding story, why in-silico discoveries could be the road to faster and lower cost liver therapeutics, and the need for prioritising preventative measures against disease as the average human lifetime gets longer.
In this week’s episode Patrick speaks to Sonya Chowdhury, Chris Ponting and Andy Devereux-Cooke from the DecodeME ( project, the world’s largest genetic myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome study. They discuss the symptoms of ME, the challenges facing ME and chronic fatigue patients, the issues surrounding funding and the future of personalised treatments.
This week’s guest, Paulo Fontes, is a Professor of Surgery and Chief Medical Officer at LyGenesis, an organ regeneration technology platform with a current focus on liver regeneration for patients with end stage liver disease. He talks to Patrick about how our lymph nodes can act as a 'bioreactor' to regrow functioning organs, how liver cells could be used in multiple transplants, and shares his thoughts on the future of organ transplants.
In this week’s episode Patrick speaks to Director of the Big Data Institute at University of Oxford, Professor Cecilia Lindgren, about her biggest eureka moment, the power of collaboration and consortiums across academia and industry to grow genetic sample sizes and accelerate research, and the importance of best practice standards to enable genetic research to scale successfully.
What is the role of genetics in Parkinson’s disease? From the impact of variants in the LRRK2 gene, to the need to expand PD research in diverse populations to aid the development of new medicines, this week’s guests, Dr Ignacio Mata and Dr James Beck, talk to Patrick about the history, and future, of precision medicine development in Parkinson’s disease.
In this special episode we’re sharing Patrick’s guest appearance on GIANT’s Healthy Innovators Podcast. He talks to the podcast’s host, Barry Shrier, about the need to accelerate the development of new treatment options, how personalised medicine is changing the future of healthcare and what it takes to create a successful startup in the genomic medicine landscape.
As more and more people get their DNA sequenced, through health care initiatives, biobanks and direct-to-consumer testing, an array of ethical questions arise. From how results are shared with research participants, to the ambiguities surrounding gene editing, Patrick and this week’s guest, Dr Anna Lewis, Research Associate at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, dive deep into the big questions surrounding genetics and medicine.
For many Long COVID patients the debilitating long-term symptoms they experience emerged after what, at first, appeared to be a mild COVID-19 infection. Professor David Strain, Senior Clinical Lecturer at University of Exeter Medical School and Honorary Consultant in Medicine, speaks to Patrick about the patterns he saw emerge while working on the frontline of the pandemic. From the first time David attended a meeting about COVID-19, at a 3am webinar broadcast from China, to working with Sano to help identify the genetic markers of Long COVID (, they discuss the still emerging impact of the condition, from the first use of the term 'Long COVID' in May 2020, up until today.
In this special episode we’re sharing Patrick’s guest appearance on Genomics England’s new podcast, The G Word. Patrick speaks to Chris Wigley, CEO of Genomics England, about his work on the Deciphering Developmental Disorders (DDD) project during his PhD and how his career has focused on the power of translation research to directly impact on and improve people’s lives.
How can precision medicine techniques be used to develop potential new treatments for genetic Parkinson’s disease? In the latest episode of our Precision Pioneers miniseries, Patrick speaks to Dr Carrolee Barlow, Chief Medical Officer at ESCAPE Bio, about the challenges of accessing genetic testing for Parkinson’s patients, how genetically guided treatments could help patients with the LRRK2 gene, and how new technologies such as wearable devices could help catch Parkinson’s cases at an earlier stage.
Can the speed and success of COVID-19 trials teach us how to run other trials 5x faster going forward? Can polygenic risk scores be effectively integrated into healthcare systems? Why do 'unique datasets' hold the key to future drug discovery? And why is there a disparity between precision medicine development in cancer and all other disease areas? Dr Vineeta Agarwala, General Partner at the Andreessen Horowitz Bio Fund, answers all these questions and more as she discusses the future of biotech and genomic medicine with Patrick.
What have gene editing and gene therapies got to do with rockets and satellites? Oscar Segurado, Chief Medical Officer at ASC Therapeutics, explains in the sixth episode of our precision pioneers miniseries. Oscar joins Patrick to discuss the future of precision medicine and how CRISPR gene editing technology can be applied to treat haemophilia.
On this episode of the podcast, Patrick is joined by Josh Friedman, Senior Director of Research at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. Alnylam works on the discovery and development of RNA interference therapeutics; treatments for genetic diseases which work by ‘switching off’ the specific genes associated with a given condition. In this fifth episode of our precision pioneers miniseries, we explore how RNA interference can be applied to treat common and rare genetic diseases, and dive deep into the genetics of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and NASH.
On this episode of the podcast Patrick is joined by Robert Green, a geneticist, Professor of Medicine at Harvard, and Director of the Preventive Genomics Clinic at Brigham Health, whose work centers around accelerating evidence based implementation of genomic medicine. Through the Genomes2People ( research programme, Robert has led numerous randomised control trials of genetic sequencing in adults and newborns. Patrick and Robert discuss topics including testing for common complex disease risks in healthy adults, genetic testing for newborns, and what major barriers need to be overcome to realise the full potential of personalised medicine.
Continuing with our mini series of Precision Pioneers, Patrick is joined by Phil Vickers, President and CEO at Faze Medicines. Phil discusses his career, including his time with companies such as Merck and Shire Pharmaceuticals. Topics discussed include: * The differences between drug development in common and rare disease * The unique and patient-centric approach to rare disease research at Shire * How genomics has impacted drug development in the past 20 years * How to balance affordability of new medicines with company profitability and continued R&D investment * The role of 'platforms' in drug development, including both technology platforms and 'knowledge' platforms
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