The Business Of Biotech Podcast

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Cornering The Antibody Market: Akesobio CEO Dr. Michelle Xia, Ph.D.
10-year-old Akesobio's stats are mindboggling: 20 drug development programs, 12 antibodies in clinical-stage development, 6 bi-specific antibodies (2 at clinical stage), 4 antibodies with IND approvals, and 22 clinical trials initiated. CEO Michelle Xia, Ph.D. shares how the company has managed such supercharged growth.  Continue Reading..
  • Homology Medicines' approaches to gene therapy and gene editing have the potential to disrupt both the gene therapy space and the mAb manufacturing and administration paradigms. Here, Homology president and CEO Arthur Tzianabos, Ph.D., shares the company's approach and rationale for investing in its own development and manufacturing capacity.

  • Dr. James Taylor, president and CEO at Precision Nanosystems, believes genomic medicine will ultimately become the largest therapeutic class. Listen in as Dr. Taylor discusses why RNA and DNA delivery are game-changers, and what Precision Nanosystems is doing to push the ball downfield.  

  • Sarepta Therapeutics Director of Pharmaceutical Engineering Brian Winstead and Project Farma VP Tony Khoury discuss what flexible manufacturing means, where it works, and where it doesn't. Listen in as Winstead shares the flexible manufacturing philosophy at Sarepta.

  • On this episode of the Business of Biotech, we're tackling the CDMO capacity crunch from every angle in a spirited discussion with Discovery Labs & Center for Breakthrough Medicines Co-Founder Audrey Greenberg, Iovance SVP of Commercial Manufacturing Sumit Verma, and Project Farma CEO Anshul Mangal.

  • The clinical trials status quo is a roadblock. They're slow, they're inefficient, and they're expensive. On this episode of the Business of Biotech, friend and frequent guest Allan Shaw shares some strong opinions on what's wrong with clinical trials, and what the industry (read: you) and the FDA need to do to make them right. 

  • AltruBio VP of Technical Development, Gene Lee, Ph.D., joins the Business of Biotech for a deep dive into the importance of CMC developability assessments, covering the key points they must address, when to begin them, how to go about them efficiently, and why they're integral to early milestones and rapid entry into Phase 1 clinical trials.

  • Inspired to develop a treatment for Infantile Krabbe Disease, the founders of Forge Biologics picked a unique but strategic approach to funding the initiative. They built a CDMO that aims to become one of the largest on the planet in the cell and gene therapy space. On this week's episode of the Business of Biotech podcast, co-founder, President, & CEO Timothy J. Miller, Ph.D. joins us to discuss the strategy, why it was a no-brainer given the white-hot market for contract development and manufacturing space, the state of the biologics manufacturing capacity crunch, and what companies like Forge are doing about it. 

  • Eric Ostertag, M.D., Ph.D., wanted to launch a biotech. When University of Pennsylvania department heads said no to a licensing deal for lack of a CEO, Dr. Ostertag convinced them he could run the company. Many bold moves later, Dr. Ostertag is founder and CEO at Poseida Therapeutics, a company that's doing things never seen before in the field of CAR T-cell and gene therapies for multiple myeloma and prostate cancer. On this week's episode of The Business of Biotech, Dr. Ostertag gives us a tour of the architecture supporting Poseida's unique 3-tiered development and manufacturing platform. 

  • Judy Chou, Ph.D. was a big-pharma MVP. She earned her academic stripes in the hallowed halls of Yale, the Max Planck Institute, and Harvard Medical School before taking on principal scientist roles at AbbVie, Pfizer, and Genentech. That experience parlayed into SVP positions at Tanvex, Medvation, back to Pfizer, and on to Bayer, where she was most recently SVP and Global Head of Biotech before taking the leap into the startup scene as President & CEO at AltruBio in 2020. On today's episode of the Business of Biotech, Dr. Chou shares personal and professional insight into how she's applied what she learned in Big Bio to transform a clinical-stage developer of mAbs designed to treat a broad range of immunological diseases.

  • The biologic therapy market is crowded, and judging by the recent parade of IPOs, competition for investment, mindshare, talent, and ultimately share of market is only getting stiffer. On this week's episode of the Business of Biotech, our friend and biotech business guru Allan Shaw joins us for a foundational conversation on creating competitive differentiation at every stage of biopharma growth. We cover the connections between developmental strategy and the competitive commercial landscape, the moral obligation to differentiate between promise and plausibility, the commoditization of brilliant science, and the necessity to align balanced plans with wild dreams.

  • Aruvant Chief Technology Officer Palani Palaniappan, Ph.D. joins the Business of Biotech with special guest Tony Khoury, EVP at Project Farma to discuss recent advances in gene therapy manufacturing. We cover the role of artificial intelligence in the discovery of AAV capsids that can avoid the immune system, the growth of non-viral vectors, the scale up advantages of suspension technologies versus adherence, the evolution of the regulatory environment, manufacturing capacity and talent constraints, and much, much more. 

  • Dr. Ian Walters' company, Portage Biotech, is focused on addressing the 75% of cancer patients who show no, or limited, response to existing therapies such as checkpoint inhibitors. Leading that charge are the company's invariant natural killer T cell agonists, designed to activate the innate and adaptive immune system, as well as a growing portfolio of proteins, antibodies, and small molecules. On this episode of the Business of Biotech, Dr. Walters shares what's fueling the company's progress, including its unique financing strategy and its approach to de-risking platform development for novel immuno-oncology therapies.

  • Everyone in the business is looking for breakthroughs, but only a select few win breakthrough therapy designation from the FDA. Under the guidance of Ira Gupta, M.D. and Shanthi Ganeshan, Ph.D, GSK has a few BTDs under its belt. Dr. Gupta is VP of Medicine Development at GSK and Dr. Ganeshan is formerly VP of Global Regulatory Affairs there, having recently joined Gilead as Head of Regulatory for Oncology. On this episode, we go deep on how to apply for--and win--breakthrough therapy designation with two women who couldn't be more qualified for the discussion.

  • Maintaining therapeutic integrity through cryopreservation and super cold supply chains have challenged, and continue to vex, biologics producers. On this episode of the Business of Biotech, Celyad Oncology Head of Cell Therapy Manufacturing Thomas Lequertier shares best practices for the cryopreservation of cell therapies while minimizing cell degradation, maintaining their integrity on the journey from the lab to the patient, and what the future holds for cold chain biologic therapy logistics. 

  • Revolo Biotherapeutics has entered phase 2 clinical studies of two molecules for autoimmune or allergic diseases that act to reset the immune system “upstream,” or ahead of the inflammatory cascade. On this episode of the Business of Biotech, Revolo CEO Jonathan Rigby shares the outsourced manufacturing strategy behind the endeavor, why it's so important to avoid immune suppression and how the therapies work to avoid it, and how the company managed to raise a $53 million Series B to fund development in the midst of a raging global pandemic.

  • As Leyden Labs Founder & CEO Koenraad Wiedhaup puts it, we breathe in galaxies of viruses on a daily basis. As those viruses multiply and mutate, our approach to mitigating their risks is largely reactive. That's why his new company is busy developing a prophylactic approach to protecting populations from a host of influenza and coronaviruses via a self-administered intranasal spray. Learn how the company came to be, how its development efforts were buoyed by a recent $40 million series A investment, and why Wiedhaup believes intranasal prophylactics are ready to play a role in prevention of the next pandemic on this episode of the Business of Biotech podcast.

  • Special-purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, are all the rage as start-up financing vehicles go, and they're particularly well-suited for emerging biopharma companies. On this episode of the Business of Biotech, we dig deep into the advantages, limitations, and potential pitfalls of the SPAC with a man who was executing SPAC deals before SPAC deals were cool. Whether you're a biotech investor or a biopharma leader looking to acquire or be acquired, you'll want to tune in to this episode for insight into the special-purpose acquisition company strategy.

  • As leaders at Diamyd Medical made plans to manufacture clinical supply of therapies aimed at preserving and restoring insulin production in Type 1 diabetes patients, outsourced production was on the table. Then, the company doubled down on its intentions and built out its own manufacturing facility. On this week's episode of The Business of Biotech, Diamyd Medical President & CEO Dr. Ulf Hannelius tells us all about the therapies his company is developing, plus the why and the how behind the company's choice to manufacture them in-house. 

  • Kite Pharma Global Head of Technical Operations Chuck Calderaro joins the Business of Biotech for a conversation on a dichotomy in the CAR T-cell supply chain: the inherent source material advantages and subsequent logistical challenges associated with the distribution of cell therapies. Calderaro discusses the implementation of manufacturing automation at Kite, the manufacturing hurdles that remain, and reflects on the company's autologous and allogeneic roadmaps. 

  • When is the appropriate time for a new life sciences company to wind up the PR machine? What's the difference between public and investor relations, and how do they complement each other? What's newsworthy? What's not? What are the latest tools of the trade in an increasingly social-driven PR practice? What results should you expect, and how are those results measured? On this episode of the Business of Biotech, we address these questions with physician and professor-turned public relations practitioner extraordinaire Matt Middleman, M.D. , founding partner and CEO at LifeSci Communications, LLC.

  • When the pandemic hit, Solis Biodyne found its manufacturing capacity stretched to the limit. In short order, it doubled, and then tripled, its manufacturing capacity. Then it doubled, and then tripled, its workforce. Meanwhile, it adopted a host of new platforms to serve the demand of its clients. Drs. Kadri Artma and Angela Vaasa join this episode of the Business of Biotech to take us behind the scenes and tell us the scale up story that's allowing the renowned producer of reagents to the life sciences industry to meet market demands. 

  • BridgeBio has a whopping 30+ pre-clinical to clinical-stage candidates in its pipeline, representing an impressive array of modalities and targets. It boasts a couple of commercial wins under its belt. Central to its success are partnerships with scientists and researchers to fuel pipeline expansion. Here, BridgeBio CBO Michael Henderson, M.D. walks us through the formula behind the company's academia-led growth strategy.

  • Michael Mehler honed his cell therapy chops at Adaptimmune before joining GSK as Senior Clinical Development Manager, Cell Therapy Oncology in 2017. He and Cell & Gene chief editor Erin Harris joined the Business of Biotech podcast for a candid and detailed discussion on finding, hiring, and retaining cell and gene therapy professionals, facilitating their on-going training, bridging the gap between academia and industry, why clinical feedback is an underappreciated source of intelligence, and the resources available to cell and gene developers to further their "pipelines" of bench-level talent.

  • Cartesian President & CEO Murat Kalayoglu, M.D., Ph.D. has led three of his company's six autoimmune, oncology, and respiratory candidates through Phase I/II clinical trials and two more of them are on the cusp of entering Phase I this year. With so many programs in and entering the clinic, he's a great choice for a conversation on GMP expectations for phase I first-in-human trials. Glean insight from Cartesian's experiences and learn about the company's novel approach to RNA-engineered cell therapies for oncology and beyond on this episode of The Business of Biotech. 

  • On this episode of the Business of Biotech, we're going deep with Glympse Bio President & CEO Dr. Caroline Loew to explore the possibilities and implications of the in-vivo, bioengineered, tunable sensors the company is developing for diagnostic and prognostic purposes in protease-mediates diseases. Currently in the clinic with applications for Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis and other fibrotic diseases as well as Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer and other solid tumors, Glympse is unlocking an unprecedented view of near-real-time therapeutic response and therapeutic efficacy that could have big implications on the way biologics are developed, refined, and studied in the clinic. 

  • Fresh on the heels of a significant data readout on its AXO-AAV-GM1 candidate at the recent ASGCT meeting, Sio Gene Therapies CEO Pavan Cheruvu, M.D. joins the Business of Biotech podcast. We discuss Dr. Cheruvu's formative years and inspiration, his company's origins, its progress developing AAV and lentiviral gene therapies to treat GM1 gangliosidosis, Tay-Sachs / Sandhoff disease, and Parkinson's disease, and the challenges the company has overcome in a hybrid manufacturing environment that will ultimately transfer entirely in-house. 

  • OncoSec CEO & Director Dan O'Connor, J.D. joins the Business of Biotech to discuss his company's development of proprietary application and injection technologies for direct delivery of its pipeline of immunotherapeutic candidates and combination therapies into the tumor environment. O'Connor shares leadership lessons gleaned from his service as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps during Operation Desert Shield, and how he's applied those lessons as his company charts the manufacturing and regulatory challenges along its unique development timeline.

  • CFO to the biopharma stars and frequent Business of Biotech guest Allan Shaw joins us for a candid discussion on the keys to efficiency as you move your candidate from the bench to the bedside. Shaw shares the common perils of insular thinking in biopharma and offers practical advice for avoiding those pitfalls. We discuss the value of being early in the context of the current biopharma market — early to study, early to differentiate, early to kill if necessary, and early to fund your project on its journey to the clinic. 

  • Drs. Mari Mitrani, CSO and Michael Bellio, Laboratory Director are young pioneers in the study of the therapeutic potential of exosomes. Their research leans heavily into the digital realm, leveraging computational biology, bioinformatics, large-scale sequencing, proteomics, and mass spectrometry to analyze perinatal tissue-secreted exosomes and their impact on a host of indications the company is exploring. On this episode of The Business Of Biotech, Drs. Mitrani and Bellio offer insight into the digital discovery and manufacturing automation technologies in use at Organicell.

  • Scott Cleve brings an entire career dedicated to the mastery of global biopharma regulatory standards to his role as Vice President of Regulatory Operations and Compliance at bluebird bio. Join Cleve, host Matt Pillar, and Erin Harris, chief editor at Cell & Gene, for a candid discussion on the regulatory trends shaping the advance of bluebird's pipeline of gene therapies for the treatment of serious, life-altering diseases including Cerebral Adrenoleukodystrophy, Multiple Myeloma, Transfusion-Dependent β-Thalassemia, and Sickle Cell Disease.

  • CUE Biopharma CEO Dan Passeri, J.D. discusses the development of the Immuno-STAT platform for the selective targeting and alteration of T cells. Passeri shares the rationale behind the company's immunotherapeutic approach, and how the CUE-100 series candidates in its pipeline are addressing a scourge of HPV-related head, neck, and other cancers. 

  • SOTIO isn't your typical single-molecule, single-platform biopharma. Since its inception, the company has supported 14 clinical trials of oncology therapeutics developed leveraging multiple platform technologies. On this episode of The Business of Biotech, SOTIO Global CEO Radek Špíšek takes a deep dive into the development, HR, and funding strategies the company has deployed to build its IL-15, immune cell therapy, and antibody-drug conjugate candidates.

  • Nevan Charles Elam, J.D. founded Rezolute Bio ten years ago on the heels of a complex career intersecting law, high tech, and life sciences. On this episode of the Business of Biotech, Elam shares the company's rationale for pursuing congenital hyperinsulinism and diabetic macular edema therapeutics by leveraging monoclonal antibodies and discusses the company's approach to process development and manufacturing.

  • Learn how Precigen is advancing a deep pipeline of immuno-oncology, infectious disease, and autoimmune disorder candidates through the clinic on the back of its UltraCAR-T platform. CEO Dr. Helen Sabzevari describes the platform's potentianl to reduce CAR T complexity with an overnight manufacturing process to affect patients in urgent need of timely therapy. 

  • Life sciences CFO extraordinaire Allan Shaw shares incremental steps to biopharma success and dishes on the mistakes he's seen in his many engagements with new and emerging biotech firms. From capital resource allocation to personnel decision making to preparing for the bubble to burst, listen in as Shaw shares his unfiltered advice.

  • In a remarkably short period of time, Dr. Anat Cohen-Dayag transformed Compugen from a computational biology service provider to a clinical-stage biopharma with multiple cancer immunotherapy candidates. Listen in as she discusses the strategies she deployed to build a biotech on the back of computational science, and her vision for the future of drug discovery. 

  • Amolyt Pharma is developing a therapeutic peptide program targeting rare endocrine and metabolic diseases including hypoparathyroidism and acromegaly. Fresh on the heels of its lead candidate's foray into phase 1 clinical trials, we're joined by the company's founder and CEO, Thierry Abribat, Ph.D., for a deep dive into Amolyt Pharma's pre-clinical preparation, including his financing, talent acquisition, and clinical study strategies.

  • Cidara Therapeutics President and CEO Dr. Jeff Stein joins the Business of Biotech to discuss his career mission to battle microbial organisms and his company's development of a novel approach to producing immunotherapeutic antivirals that couple potent antivirals to a human antibody fragment. We discuss the company's manufacturing approach, which Dr. Stein anticipates yielding a low-cost alternative to standards of care in multiple antiviral indications.

  • NeuBase Therapeutics COE Dr. Dietrich Stephan is recognized as a pioneer in the field of genomic precision medicine. On this episode of The Business of Biotech, Dr. Stephan shares how artificial intelligence is shaping the acceleration of genomic medicine discovery at NeuBase and beyond, with plenty of practical insight on how to adopt and leverage the technology.

  • Allan Shaw rejoins the Business of Biotech with candid commentary on the unprecedented pace of biopharma innovation, and how the FDA is doing in its equally unprecedented effort to keep pace. In particular, Shaw shares his take on the advance of cell and gene therapies, and his observations on the outsized approval rate for orphan disease and oncology therapies. 

  • Join Matt Pillar and Erin Harris as we catch up with Celyad Oncology chief Filippo Petti on his company's differentiated approach to the discovery and development of allogeneic CAR-T cell therapy candidates for the treatment of cancer. Petti shares the technology and how the company intends to scale in-house manufacturing in its Belgium-based manufacturing facility.

  • As did most biotechs, Lineage Cell Therapeutics faced significant challenges navigating multiple clinical trials, one among an aging, at-risk population, during the pandemic. CEO Brian Culley tells Erin Harris and Matt Pillar how he kept the company's programs for OpRegen® (dry AMD with GA) and OPC1 (acute spinal cord injury) running on time despite the disruptions.

  • Erin Harris and Matt Pillar sit down with Orchard Therapeutics CEO Dr. Bobby Gaspar. An update on the company's pipeline progress gives way to an in-depth discussion on the process challenges his company faces in the production of hematopoietic stem cells to treat neurometabolic disorders, primary immune deficiencies, and blood disorders.

  • Acepodia's Dr. Sony Hsiao, CEO, and Dr. Mark Gilbert, SVP of R&D, join the Business of Biotech for a discussion on the company's approach to dramatically reduce the cost of cell therapy development, manufacturing, and administration via its oNK, CAR, and ACC candidates. Listen now and subscribe so you never miss an episode.

  • The Business Of Biotech’s Cell & Gene Miniseries opens with Dr. Carsten Brunn, President & CEO of Selecta Biosciences. Guest host Erin Harris joins our discussion on Selecta's ImmTOR platform and how the company is addressing the immunogenicity of the AAV vectors challenge faced by gene therapy companies. Listen now and subscribe so you never miss an episode.

  • The Business Of Biotech kicks off the new year with an up-close-and-personal talk with biotech investor and CFO extraordinaire Allan Shaw. We talk through last year's ups and downs and do a little prognosticating on what we're feeling bullish about--from unprecedented regulatory action to exciting progress on the cell and gene front--as we head into the new year. 

  • From patient recruitment to data collection, clinical trials execution became considerably more challenging in 2020. On this episode of The Business Of Biotech, AGTC CEO Sue Washer gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the creative measures her company took to serve a geographically dispersed clinical patient population and ensure her company met clinical milestones.

  • Listen in as AVROBIO President & CEO Geoff MacKay tells the Business Of Biotech about the technology his company is using to drive at-scale gene therapy production for lysosomal disorders, replete with the story of how the company overcame a major manufacturing investment that didn't quite work as planned.

  • Dr. Bernat Olle discusses the pioneering work his company, Vedanta Biosciences, is doing to modulate the immune system and provide colonization resistance against infectious pathogens -- particularly those contracted during hospital stays. Learn about a company pioneering the exploration of immune-regulating and immune-potentiating bacteria.


Matty PHosted by BioProcess Online Chief Editor Matt Pillar, The Business of Biotech brings you weekly intelligence, insight, and inspiration from leading voices in the biopharma industry. Created exclusively for the leaders of new and emerging biopharma firms, The Business of Biotech tackles organizational, funding, HR, regulatory, production and CMC considerations with insight from peer founders who have taken biologic therapies from an idea to clinical success. The Business of Biotech is produced in partnership with Cytiva.