Here is a list of 10 biotech podcasts to keep you up to date with the latest advances in the awesome field of biotechnology.
Podcasts are a great way of using your brain when you are commuting, cleaning, going for a walk, doing the laundry, or just sitting down to relax. As a podcast fan myself, I find them a great way of learning new things. As I am also a biotech fan, I thought it would be great to put together a list of the best biotech podcasts out there that talk about biotechnology.
After some research and asking around, I’ve come up with a pretty sweet list that I’m sure will cater to all tastes, ranging from fun episodes myth-busting GMOs to more serious discussions of business opportunities and investment trends.
The Long Run
The Long Run is hosted by US biotech journalist Luke Timmerman, founder and editor of Timmerman Reports. He invites biotech insiders to talk about the tough journey of turning scientific research into something meaningful — its title inspired by Ernest Shackleston’s Antarctic explorations. The episodes often go beyond the science and business of the companies featured, and discuss topics such as CEO activism or racism and gender inequality within the biotech industry.
The Future Labs
Hosted by Portuguese biotech analyst and entrepreneur João Ribas, The Future Labs is a podcast that aims to give listeners a peek into the future of some of the hottest areas of the biotechnology industry, such as cultured meat, personalized medicine, antibiotics, or artificial intelligence for drug discovery. Each episode of the podcast features an expert in their field who shares their unique insights on where the future of their industry is headed.
Science Friction, hosted by Australian science journalist Natasha Mitchell, showcases the stories behind science. I got to know this podcast through an episode featuring an interview with Mark Post, the scientist behind the first lab-grown burger. Some other cool episodes discuss why female animals — and people — are often excluded from scientific studies, or focus on interesting stories such as that of a survivor of a clinical trial that went very wrong.
The Bio Report
The Bio Report is produced by Daniel Levine, a well-known life sciences business journalist based in the US. This weekly podcast provides an insight at the most recent topics at the intersection of biotech, business and policy. While some episodes dive in-depth into specific topics, others strive to give a more general overview, highlighting specific companies and areas to watch and what to watch for this year.
Cell Culture Dish
In each of its episodes, the Cell Culture Dish podcast brings its listeners an interview with a professional in the biotech industry to talk about the most recent advances in the world of cell culture. The podcast, which is hosted by California-based editor Brandy Sargent, touches on the many challenges the industry faces, from the early research stages to market-approved products, and how the experts are tackling them.
Human Proof of Concept
The podcast Human Proof of Concept takes an investor’s point of view into medical innovations. Its host, New York-based venture capitalist Janelle Anderson, talks to biotech leaders and venture capitalists to explore the ins and outs of the industry. The podcast has a strong focus on the human side of the people at the forefront of biotech innovation, exploring what they are like and what they are excited or worried about in the field.
Science Vs tackles widespread scientific beliefs that might not always be correct or clear to everyone. Each episode explores the arguments for and against each claim, bringing experts and listing the scientific evidence supporting each side, while making it fun (and full of puns). Hosted by Australian science journalist Wendy Zuckerman, the podcast covers all fields of science, but many episodes touch on hot topics related to biotech, such as consumer DNA kits, GMOs, or vaccines.
The US publication Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, commonly known as GEN, regularly publishes podcasts exploring the ins and outs of the biotech industry. These podcasts discuss recent news in the biotech scene around the world or dig deeper into current topics, such as gene therapy, CRISPR, or CAR-T immunotherapy. Often, the episodes bring in an expert in the field that weighs in on the topics and news featured.
The Readout LOUD
The Readout LOUD, produced by US publication STAT News, is a weekly podcast series where journalists discuss the most recent news and current topics in the biotech industry. In some episodes, the hosts are joined by industry professionals that weigh in on the discussion. (You should be aware that although some of the episodes of this podcast are publicly available, most require a subscription.)
The a16z podcast is produced by Andreessen Horowitz, a California-based investment firm specializing in software companies that recently launched a $450M fund specifically dedicated to biotech. Several episodes of the podcast dive into the biotech industry from the point of view of investors, discussing synthetic biology, entrepreneurship and the unique challenges of investing in biotech.
Bonus episode: How to biohack your intelligence
Biohacking, or DIY biology, consists in doing biology experiments outside of tightly controlled — and expensive — lab settings. The movement can help get biology closer to people outside of science through simple experiments using open-source equipment. But some fear it could be taken too far. The protagonist of this podcast episode is Serge Faguet, a ‘hardcore biohacker’ and entrepreneur that experiments with his own brain and body.
Of course, there are many more biotech podcasts out there, and the number keeps growing. We will be updating this list regularly, so do share your favorite biotech podcasts with us.