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BioTalk with Rich Bendis

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BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI) Founder, President & CEO, Rich Bendis, hosts BioTalk — conversations with some of the most accomplished and exciting business, academic, and government leaders in the biohealth industry. BioTalk enables you to learn from these leaders about issues which can help you grow your business. What are the current trends? Where are industry sectors headed? How do we increase access to capital in our region? Rich and his guests dive deep into these topics and much more. Host, Rich Bendis is an entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, investment banker, innovation and technology-based economic development leader, international speaker, and consultant in the technology and biohealth industries. Produced by Andy Eckert, with help from The Podcast Consultant, Mathew Passy.


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BioHealth Innovation, Inc. (BHI) Founder, President & CEO, Rich Bendis, hosts BioTalk — conversations with some of the most accomplished and exciting business, academic, and government leaders in the biohealth industry. BioTalk enables you to learn from these leaders about issues which can help you grow your business. What are the current trends? Where are industry sectors headed? How do we increase access to capital in our region? Rich and his guests dive deep into these topics and much more. Host, Rich Bendis is an entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, investment banker, innovation and technology-based economic development leader, international speaker, and consultant in the technology and biohealth industries. Produced by Andy Eckert, with help from The Podcast Consultant, Mathew Passy.




Investing in BioHealth: Blackbird Labs Vision with CEO Matt Tremblay

What is the dynamic synergy between pioneering science and transformative industry developments? Join us in this episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis for a thought-provoking conversation about the work of Blackbird Laboratories. Our guest, Matt Tremblay, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Blackbird Laboratories, sheds light on their role in fostering innovation within the vibrant BioHealth community of Baltimore and the wider BioHealth Capital Region. Blackbird Laboratories recently launched with a significant $100 million founding grant from The Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation. This significant investment aims to bridge the gap between academic research and industry innovation, catalyzing the development of innovative companies, groundbreaking technologies, and a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in Baltimore, Maryland. They provide crucial support, including capital, program management, and strategic scientific and business insights, to drive the growth of the BioHealth industry. Their team of seasoned life sciences professionals operates on a value-driven model, committed to reducing the risk of groundbreaking technology for commercialization, attracting crucial investments, nurturing start-ups, and cultivating meaningful public-private partnerships. Their vision is grounded in promoting a thriving ecosystem in Baltimore that will contribute significantly to the growth of the BioHealth sector in the region. In this engaging episode, we’ll delve into a diverse range of topics: Don’t miss this insightful episode as we discuss the promising future of BioHealth with Blackbird Laboratories leading the way. Tune in now and become an integral part of the conversation shaping the BioHealth industry’s destiny.


Breaking Barriers in Enteral Nutrition: Luminoah's Innovative MedTech with Neal Piper

Are you ready to explore the transformative world of MedTech and its profound impact on healthcare? Join us in this episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis as we dive deep into medical technology with an exceptional guest, Neal Piper, Founder & CEO of Luminoah, winner of the 8th Annual BioHealth Capital Region Crab Trap. Neal Piper is the visionary behind Luminoah, a cutting-edge MedTech company dedicated to enhancing the lives of enteral nutrition patients through innovative hardware and software systems. With a background steeped in healthcare, Neal's journey from Pfizer's Neuroscience Division to his role as President of the Global Health Fellows Alumni Business Network has uniquely positioned him to drive change in the industry. But what inspired Neal to create Luminoah? In 2019, his family received a cancer diagnosis for their 3-year-old son, leading to a new reality and a pressing need for a better nutritional feeding program. Neal recognized the challenges faced by patients and caregivers, from bulky equipment to limited data sharing with physicians. That's when Luminoah was born. In this compelling episode, we explore: Don't miss this enlightening conversation as we journey into the heart of MedTech innovation with Neal Piper. Tune in now and be part of the conversation that's shaping the future of healthcare for enteral nutrition patients.


Driving Cancer Research Innovation: A Conversation with Michael Weingarten, Director, SBIR Development Center at the National Cancer Institute (NCI)

What are the latest advancements in cancer research and innovation? Join us in this episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis as we explore the dynamic world of cancer research and technology development with our distinguished guest, Michael Weingarten, Director of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Development Center at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Mr. Weingarten plays a pivotal role in leading a team of Program Directors managing the NCI's SBIR & STTR Programs, overseeing a substantial portfolio of $182 million in grants and contracts annually. These programs are at the forefront of NCI's efforts to drive innovation, fostering the development and commercialization of groundbreaking technologies and products for cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Explore the intersection of the BioHealth Capital Region and the NCI, understanding how collaboration and partnerships are shaping the future of cancer research and innovation. Finally, we delve into the goals for the future, highlighting the NCI's vision and commitment to advancing cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment through technology and innovation.


Unlocking the Future of Stem Cell Research with MSCRF: A Conversation with Ruchika Nijhara, PhD, Executive Director of Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF)

Are you curious about the world of transformative regenerative medicine and stem cell research? Are you eager to understand how Maryland champions researchers and companies in the field of stem cell and regenerative medicine? Do you want to learn more about the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF)? Listen to the latest episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis as he welcomes MSCRF Executive Director, Ruchika Nijhara, PhD. In this enlightening episode, Dr. Nijhara, a forward-thinking leader driven by her passion for advancing scientific innovation, delves into the funding mechanisms that Maryland employs to support research and development at all stages and fosters collaboration and innovation. Discover MSCRF's pivotal role in reshaping healthcare through stem cell research. Explore funding opportunities, real-world project examples, and success stories that highlight the profound impact of this research on healthcare and scientific advancements. Don't miss this captivating conversation on how MSCRF is shaping the future of scientific innovation in Maryland and beyond. Tune in now to discover more about MSCRF.


Revolutionizing Autoimmune Medicine: MyMD Pharmaceuticals Innovative Therapies

Are you interested in exploring cutting-edge autoimmune medicines? In this episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis, we're delving deep into the world of transformative therapies with two remarkable guests, Dr. Chris Chapman and Dr. Adam Kaplin, from MyMD Pharmaceuticals. MyMD Pharmaceuticals is on a mission to make that a reality. Their lead clinical candidate, MYMD-1®, has the potential to reshape the entire field. But how does MYMD-1 work, and what sets it apart from current treatments? Join us as we unravel the science behind this revolutionary therapy and explore the potential indications and patient populations it could benefit. And that's not all. We also spotlight Supera-CBD, a novel synthetic cannabidiol with incredible potency and anti-inflammatory effects. How could this innovation change the landscape of chronic pain and anxiety management? Don't miss this episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis as we embark on a journey into the future of autoimmune medicine with MyMD Pharmaceuticals. Tune in now and be part of the conversation.


Navigating the Future of Autoimmune Medicine: A Conversation with Dr. Theresa Podrebarac, Senior Vice President, Clinical Development at Horizon Therapeutics

How can patients help shape the future of scientific innovation? What's the vital role of the patient's voice in developing life-changing medicines? In this captivating episode, fresh off her thought-provoking appearance at the 9th Annual BioHealth Capital Region Forum, Dr. Theresa Podrebarac takes us on a journey through the dynamic landscape of autoimmune medicine. Dr. Podrebarac is a renowned physician scientist with a wealth of expertise in the biotech industry. As the Senior Vice President of Clinical Development at Horizon Therapeutics, she's at the forefront of bringing hope to patients with rare, autoimmune, and severe inflammatory diseases. Join us as we explore pivotal questions: Don't miss this enlightening conversation that delves into the nexus of science, patient advocacy, and innovation. Tune in now and become part of the future where patients' voices are not just heard but lead the way in shaping a brighter tomorrow. Available on all major podcasting platforms. Theresa Podrebarac, M.D., M.Sc., is a physician scientist with extensive development expertise in the biotech industry. At Horizon Therapeutics, Dr. Podrebarac leads the clinical development function dedicated to bringing medicines for rare, autoimmune and severe inflammatory diseases to patients. Prior to Horizon, Dr. Podrebarac served as chief medical officer at two biotech companies focusing on rare diseases. She was also vice president, immunology clinical development at AbbVie where she helped develop approved therapies for psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. At Biogen, she championed the development of tools and techniques for early clinical proof of concept in diseases including scleroderma and lupus skin disease. Dr. Podrebarac holds a master of science in immunology from the University of Ottawa and a medical doctorate degree from Western University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in immunology at Harvard University.


Pioneering Biotech Advancements: A Conversation with Rachel King, CEO of BIO

Join us for an insightful episode of BioTalk as host Rich Bendis welcomes back Rachel King, the visionary CEO of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), bringing with her a remarkable journey spanning roles as an entrepreneur, board member, and advocate for the biotech industry. In this engaging installment, Rachel offers a glimpse into her evolution from consulting to industry, including her role as co-founder and former CEO of GlycoMimetics, Inc. (GMI). Discover the essence of BIO, its mission, and the global perspective it brings to the biotech landscape. Delve into Rachel's advocacy role and the critical issues facing the industry today, including pricing, congressional relations, and investment challenges. Gain insights into the state of the biotech industry and Rachel's projections for both the near and long term. Listen as we unravel the dynamic journey of Rachel King, a trailblazing leader in biotechnology, and gain a comprehensive perspective on the industry's present and future. Available now on all major podcasting platforms.


Nurturing Tomorrow's STEM Leaders: A Conversation with Dr. Judy Staveley, Biotechnologist and STEM Advocate

Explore the world of scientific mentorship and education with Dr. Judy Staveley, an accomplished Chief Biotechnologist and STEM advocate. In this episode of BioTalk, Dr. Staveley discusses her journey in supporting young scientists and her roles in organizations like the National Association of Academies of Science (NAAS) and the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS). Discover the upcoming NAAS/AJAS STEM EDUCATION CONFERENCE/FUNDRAISER on September 16th and its impact on inspiring the next generation of innovators. Learn about AJAS's life science support programs that encourage young talents to pursue careers in STEM. Dr. Staveley shares insights into STEM education in the BioHealth Capital Region and her personal goals for nurturing young scientists. Join us to uncover the pivotal role of mentorship in shaping the future of STEM. Listen now on major podcasting platforms.


BioTalk Discusses Breaking Frontiers in Immunotherapy: A Conversation with Bill Enright, CEO and Board Director at Vaccitech

What does it take to pioneer groundbreaking T-cell immunotherapies and vaccines for infectious diseases and cancer? Join us for this episode of BioTalk, where we sit down with Bill Enright, a seasoned biotech executive with a remarkable track record spanning over three decades. Bill brings a wealth of experience in building and financing both privately held and publicly traded companies, making his mark in various roles within the life science/biotech industry. Bill offers a compelling update in this installment since his previous appearance on BioTalk. Learn about the intriguing journey that led Vaccitech, a clinical-stage T cell immunotherapy and vaccine company, to select Montgomery County, MD, within the thriving BioHealth Capital Region, for its new site. Delve into the intricacies of their pioneering platform, which harnesses the power of immunotherapy to elicit robust T cell responses and antibodies against infectious agents and tumors. Get an insider's perspective as Bill provides clinical updates on their groundbreaking work, discussing major milestones in critical areas like HBV, HPV, PCA, and VTB, among others. Explore Vaccitech's path forward as Bill sheds light on their next significant milestones and strategic plans to expand their presence within the United States. Don't miss this exclusive conversation with Bill Enright as he shares insights into the dynamic world of immunotherapy and Vaccitech's mission to transform the disease treatment and prevention landscape.


How the BioHealth Capital Region Became a Top 3 BioPharma Cluster: Insights from Alex Philippidis, Senior Business Editor at Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

How does a BioPharma Cluster ascend the ranks to secure a Top 3 position? What are the key factors propelling the BioHealth Capital Region to achieve its ambitious goal of ranking 3rd by 2023? Join us in this episode of BioTalk, where our host Rich Bendis speaks with Alex Philippidis, Senior Business Editor at Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News. In this installment, Alex unveils the intricacies behind his latest Top 10 U.S. Biopharma Clusters, highlighting the impressive rise of the BioHealth Capital Region to its 3rd position. Learn about the origins of these rankings, the trends that have been identified for 2023, and the dynamic shifts within the BioPharma landscape on a regional scale. Discover the journey of the Maryland/Virginia/Washington, DC, BioHealth Capital Region, which has realized its vision of securing a prominent seat among the top echelons of biopharma clusters. With an astounding portfolio of 52,899 patents, this achievement reflects the prolific presence of esteemed institutions such as Johns Hopkins, NIH, and the National Library of Medicine. Tune in to learn about the region's significant accomplishments, including its impressive 6,201 NIH funding awards amounting to $4.245 billion, and a sprawling 31.69 million square feet of cutting-edge lab space. Join us as we unravel the insights that have propelled the BioHealth Capital Region to the forefront of BioPharma innovation and growth.


Navigating Growth and Collaboration in Life Sciences: A Conversation with Brad L. Stewart, SVP of Business Development, MCEDC

How does a region evolve to become a leading driver in the BioHealth Capital Region? What are the secrets behind the successful collaboration between various organizations like MCEDC (Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation), MTC (Maryland Tech Council), and the Maryland Department of Commerce? How does a serial biotech entrepreneur leverage his experience to grow a diverse cross-section of businesses, including life sciences, technology, cybersecurity, defense, and hospitality? In this episode of BioTalk, host Rich Bendis chats with Brad L. Stewart, SVP of Economic Development for Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC). Brad's multifaceted career spans from being a Chief Executive Officer to leading expert teams in strategy and innovation, plus economic development specialists in Montgomery County. Together, they delve into the MCEDC Life Science support programs, the remarkable evolution of the region over the last 20 years, Brad's new role as Chair of MTC, and the shared values and collaboration in the region. They also celebrate Brad's achievements and discuss the current state of the Life science industry, especially in MOCO and BHCR. Join this engaging conversation to uncover the strategies and insights that have shaped Montgomery County's economy and the life sciences field. Learn from Brad's leadership and his ability to thrive on complex strategic opportunities. Tune in to this episode of BioTalk to explore the innovative and collaborative spirit that's driving growth and success in the industry.


Building Better Medicine, and Transformative Partnerships: Insights from Joy Polefrone, Ph.D. on BioTalk

Ever wondered how public-private partnerships can make a significant difference in the field of life sciences? Curious about the goals, expected impacts, and timeline of the Alliance for Building Better Medicine (ABBM)? Interested in exploring the transformative potential of the Virginia BioHealth ecosystem and its role in advancing the life sciences industry? In this episode of BioTalk, join host Rich Bendis as he interviews Joy Polefrone, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Alliance for Building Better Medicine (ABBM). Joy brings two decades of diverse business leadership and organizational strategy experience. They discuss career shifts in academia, industry, and non-profits, the creation and mission of ABBM, consortium building for the Build Back Better Challenge, funding and match partners, goals and expected impacts, the Virginia BioHealth ecosystem, and the role of public-private partnerships. Discover how Joy's multifaceted perspective helps resolve complex problems and build leaders, teams, and organizations aligned with their values. Gain valuable insights into the transformative potential of public-private partnerships in the life sciences field. Don't miss this opportunity to hear about future goals and directions for ABBM and learn from Joy's seasoned leadership in the industry. Tune in to this engaging episode of BioTalk.


Trailblazing in the BioHealth Capital Region: A Conversation with MedTech Innovator Accelerator Company Leaders

Join us on a compelling episode of BioTalk as we sit down with three dynamic leaders from groundbreaking MedTech companies based in the thriving BioHealth Capital Region. These companies, JuneBrain, Xcision Medical Systems, and Sonavi Labs, were recently selected for the prestigious MedTech Innovator Accelerator, the world's largest accelerator of medical technology companies. Discover their innovative solutions and the transformative impact they are making in healthcare. In this episode, we delve into the cutting-edge advancements and game-changing technologies developed by our esteemed guests. Dr. Samantha Scott, Founder, and CEO of JuneBrain, shares insights on how their remote diagnostic tools utilizing retinal image data are revolutionizing disease progression evaluation, particularly in underserved communities. Ellington West, Co-Founder and CEO of Sonavi Labs, discusses the power of AI in respiratory disease detection and management and its future implications in transforming diagnostics. Michelle Crawley, President of Xcision Medical Systems, sheds light on the GammaPod system and how it disrupts the traditional breast cancer treatment model by delivering higher doses of radiation. Our conversation also explores the significance of being part of the MedTech Innovator Accelerator, the opportunities it offers, and how it helps these companies connect with leading manufacturers, providers, and investors in the industry. We delve into the rigorous application and selection process that set these companies apart from over 1,150 applicants, highlighting their unique contributions to the field of MedTech. We discuss the invaluable role of the BioHealth Capital Region in nurturing and propelling these companies forward. Discover how the region's ecosystem, resources, and talent have facilitated their growth, allowing them to impact patient care and medical advancements. Join us for this captivating episode as we explore the future of MedTech innovation, the power of AI, and the transformative potential of cutting-edge technologies in the BioHealth Capital Region.


Unveiling the Life Sciences Landscape: Insights from CBRE Experts on BioTalk with Rich Bendis

Are you curious to discover how experts navigate the complex landscape of life sciences real estate? Want to stay ahead of the curve in the market today? Ready to learn about the latest talent dynamics in the field? Join Rich Bendis on BioTalk as he discusses the world of life sciences real estate and market trends with CBRE’s experts, Dan Grimes, Senior VP at CBRE’s Mid-Atlantic Life Sciences practice, and Ian Anderson, Senior Director of Research and Analysis. Together, they discuss the 2023 “US Life Sciences Research Talent Report” and the BioHealth Capital Region’s Top 3 ranking. Discover how Dan’s expertise in real estate strategies for BioHealth companies and investors shapes success in the industry. Gain valuable insights from Ian’s extensive experience in commercial real estate and capital markets as he guides decision-making in the life sciences, office, and healthcare sectors. They discuss major BioHealth projects, delve into talent dynamics, and analyze market trends. This conversation offers valuable perspectives, from the evolution of the “US Life Sciences Research Talent Report” to the changing landscape of the top 25 US metros and emerging hubs. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the intricate world of life sciences, from real estate strategies to talent dynamics and market trends. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain exclusive insights from CBRE’s experts and decode the complexities of life sciences on BioTalk with Rich Bendis.


From Vision to Action: MEDCO’s Role in Economic Development and Partnerships on BioTalk with Rich Bendis

In this captivating episode of BioTalk, Rich Bendis sits down with Tom Sadowski, the Executive Director of the Maryland Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO). With over 30 years of experience in economic development, Tom has played a pivotal role in translating vision into action. Together we explore MEDCO’s significant contributions to economic development and their strategic partnerships across Maryland. Tom shares his remarkable career accomplishments, including successful projects valued at over $10 billion and the creation of 50,000 jobs. His expertise in fostering research partnerships, technology commercialization, and his role in launching the Maryland Momentum Fund bring invaluable insights to the conversation. We uncover MEDCO’s focus on real estate development, financing, infrastructure, and public/private partnerships, all aimed at fueling business retention, development, and employment growth. Join us as we discover how MEDCO’s innovative financing, strategic advisory services, and collaborative approach attract new businesses, create employment opportunities, and contribute to Maryland’s thriving economy. Through this engaging discussion, we witness the transformation from vision to action and delve into the impact of MEDCO’s partnerships with public and private entities. Tune in to BioTalk with Rich Bendis and gain a deeper understanding of MEDCO’s pivotal role in economic development. Explore the power of vision, collaboration, and the dedicated efforts of J. Thomas Sadowski, along with the entire MEDCO team, in shaping Maryland’s business landscape.


From Genomic Tests to AI Predictions: Dr. Amrie Grammer, Co-Founder of Ampel BioSolutions, Joins BioTalk

Can you envision a world where precision medicine transforms healthcare as we know it? Tune in to this exciting episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis, featuring Dr. Amrie Grammer, Co-Founder of Ampel BioSolutions. In this enlightening discussion, Dr. Grammer unveils the secrets behind Ampel's remarkable success in precision medicine, making this episode a must-listen. Learn about the groundbreaking genomic tests developed by Ampel, providing decision support for autoimmune diseases, and delve into the role of artificial intelligence in predicting potential treatments. Explore the immense potential for a revolution in healthcare as Dr. Grammer shares insights on understanding the human genome and Ampel's cutting-edge work in harnessing Big Data and Machine Learning for personalized precision medicine. Don't miss this great episode and gain valuable insights into the future of data-driven health.


Navigating the Challenges of Rare Disease Research with Dr. Harsha Rajasimha on BioTalk (EP.128)

Join us for an enlightening episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis as we explore the pivotal role of patient registries in rare disease research and treatment. Our guest, Harsha Rajasimha, MS, Ph.D., CEO of Jeeva Informatics Solutions and Founder and Executive Chairman of IndoUSrare, shares his extensive experience in clinical genomics data science and precision medicine. In this episode, Dr. Rajasimha introduces Jeeva Informatics Solutions and IndoUSrare, his non-profit organization. He discusses the importance of patient registries in accelerating rare disease research, the current obstacles in the field, and the potential solutions. We discuss the role of governments in rare disease research and treatment and the potential for collaboration with non-profits in clinical trials. Finally, Dr. Rajasimha shares the goals of the upcoming Indo-US Rare Summit at the GMU Campus in Arlington, VA. Tune in for valuable insights from a leader in rare disease research and patient advocacy.


Ensuring Quality and Compliance with Gaurav Walia - Mastering the Art of Computer Systems Validation in Life Sciences (EP.127)

Join us on an informative episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis as we delve into the fascinating realm of computer systems validation (CSV) and its significant impact on quality assurance in the life sciences industry. Our guest, Mr. Gaurav Walia, Senior Global Director of Business Development at PQE Group and Principal SME of Computer Systems Validation, Computer Software Assurance, and Data Integrity and Sr. Associate Partner, brings extensive expertise in CSV and compliance consulting services. Discover the essential role of CSV in ensuring the integrity, reliability, and compliance of computerized systems used in pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing. Mr. Walia, a recognized authority in the field, will provide insights into CSV's challenges and best practices, emphasizing the critical importance of regulatory adherence and data integrity.


Dr. Leroy Hood and Dr. Nathan Price, Co-Authors of "The Age of Scientific Wellness (EP.126)

What if the future of medicine could be personalized, predictive, and empowered by data? In this episode of BioTalk, Rich Bendis discusses this topic with Dr. Leroy Hood and Dr. Nathan Price, the co-authors of the book "The Age of Scientific Wellness: Why the Future of Medicine Is Personalized, Predictive, Data-Rich, and in Your Hands." Together, they discuss the scientific revolution reshaping the healthcare and medicine landscape. Dr. Hood and Dr. Price shed light on how cutting-edge technologies, such as genomics and artificial intelligence, are enabling the shift from reactive medicine to proactive, individualized care. They explore the concept of "scientific wellness," where data-rich insights revolutionize disease prevention and unlock the potential for extended health span. Join us on BioTalk for this thought-provoking exploration of the new frontier of medicine, where health optimization is at the forefront.


Dr. Luis Alvarez, Founder & CEO of Theradaptive (EP.125)

How will protein engineering unleash a new era of therapeutic possibilities for BioHealth and the BioHealth Capital Region? Join us on this episode of BioTalk with Rich Bendis as we chat with Dr. Luis Alvarez, Founder & CEO of Theradaptive, who is at the forefront of protein engineering technology. Learn about Theradaptive’s ingenious approach to overcoming the challenges of naturally occurring proteins, elevating the efficacy and safety of therapeutics through precision-targeted delivery, and mitigating off-target side effects. From spinal fusion and orthopedics to soft tissue repair and targeted chemotherapeutics, Theradaptive’s breakthrough technology is set to transform the lives of millions grappling with debilitating conditions linked to loss of tissue function. Be part of the conversation that’s unlocking a world of untapped potential in the convergence of protein engineering and therapeutic discovery