I’ve gathered a list of 10 biotech podcasts to keep you up to date with the latest advances in the awesome field of biotechnology. Enjoy!
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. And as a biotech fan too, I thought it would be great to do some research and ask around in order to make a list with some of the best biotech podcasts, or even just single episodes that focus on biotechnology.
In the end, 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 podcasts and episodes are not listed in any particular order.
1. The stories behind the coolest and weirdest science
Science Friction showcases some super-interesting stories at the intersection of science. I got to know this podcast through a recent episode about cultured meat, featuring an interview with Mark Post, the scientist behind the first burger to ever be made in the lab. Some other cool episodes discuss why female animals — and people — are often excluded from scientific studies or the story of a survivor of a clinical trial that went very wrong.
2. The journey of biotech entrepreneurship
The Long Run, hosted by award-winning biotech journalist Luke Timmerman, invites biotech insiders to talk about the tough journey of turning scientific research into something meaningful. (Its title is appropriately inspired by Ernest Shackleston’s Antarctic explorations.) The episodes often go beyond the science and business of the companies featured, and get into topics such as CEO activism or racism and gender inequality within the biotech industry.
3. [Episode] Taking the pulse on bio
The a16z podcast is produced by investment firm Andreessen Horowitz, which has a strong focus on software companies. This particular episode was aired following the launch of a $450 million fund specifically dedicated to ventures focused on biology. The team got together to discuss the biggest trends in biotech from an investor’s perspective, and the role of entrepreneurs in helping science advance.
4. Myth-busting science
A personal favorite, Science Vs is a podcast that tackles some persistent scientific beliefs that might not always be correct or clear. Each episode weighs down the arguments for and against each claim, bringing experts and listing the scientific evidence supporting each side — and using a lot of puns! Some of my favorites are the episodes about GMOs, antidepressants and vaccines.
5. Reporting on the biotech industry
The Bio Report, produced by life sciences business journalist Daniel Levine, is a weekly insight at the most recent topics at the intersection of biotech, business and policy. On top of more in-depth episodes looking at specific topics, I really like the fact that the podcast has also some episodes giving more general overviews of the field, highlighting specific companies and areas to watch and what to watch for this year.
6. Biotech from the bench to the bedside
The Sounds of Science podcast, produced by GEN News, is a recap of some of the biggest biotech news around the world, ranging from early-stage research being done at universities to products getting ready to be launched based on the latest technologies. The episodes are quite brief, especially for a monthly publication, but that’s perfect to get yourself up to speed with the most relevant news in the field.
7. Talking to biotech’s money-makers
The podcast Human Proof of Concept takes an investor’s point of view into medical innovations. Its host, venture capitalist Janelle Anderson, talks to C-suite biotech leaders and other VC partners to explore the ins and outs of the industry with a strong focus on the human side of the people at the forefront of biotech innovation, exploring how they are like and what they are excited or worried about in the field.
8. [Episode] The exciting and dangerous world of biohacking
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.
9. Where’s medicine headed?
Although it was unfortunately canceled recently, STAT’s podcast Signal revolves around the complexities around the development of new drugs and therapies. It explores the most exciting innovations in medicine, from Alzheimer’s to cancer. But it also features the many challenges inherent to developing drugs, regarding safety, efficacy, regulations, and pricing, through the stories of people at the heart of these conflicts.
10. Bonus episode: Labiotech talks biotech
This one’s for the Labiotech fans out there. In a recent episode of Science Disrupt, Philip went as a guest to discuss the status of biotech in Europe. They talked about anything from open science to some of our favorite biotech areas, and Philip shared the story of how Labiotech was born. The podcast itself has many other cool episodes featuring companies making CRISPR easier to use or life science accelerators such as Rebel Bio and Indiebio.
So, that’s my top 10 list, but after revisiting some old favorites and finding some new ones to listen too, I’m keen to keep exploring the biotech podcast scene. If you have any recommendations to add to my playlist, leave a comment below. I promise I will give it a listen.