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      • January 2019: First Rounders:

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        Chad Womack is senior director of STEM initiatives at UNCF. The episode covers Womack's path to HIV research at Harvard, his experience founding a biotech just before the Great Recession, and what the election of President Barack Obama meant to African Americans.
      • November 2018: First Rounders:

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        Christoph Lengauer is a venture partner at Third Rock Ventures, the president of Celsius Therapeutics, and executive vice president at Blueprint Medicines. His conversation with Nature Biotechnology covers growing up in Austria, why he nearly gave up research for a career helping settle refugees, and his role in the Henrietta Lacks story.
      • September 2018: First Rounders:

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        Feng Zhang runs the Zhang Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He's also a faculty member at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and has co-founded several biotech companies, including Editas Medicine. His conversation with Nature Biotechnology covers immigrating to America as a boy, his moment of discovery with CRISPR, and what massive success before the age of 35 does to a researcher.
      • May 2018: First Rounders:

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        John Maraganore is CEO of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. In his talk with Nature Biotechnology he discusses his decade at Biogen, running an RNAi company when skepticism covered the field, and growing up the son of Greek immigrants in Chicago.
      • February 2018: First Rounders:

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        Jeff Leiden is chairman, president and CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals. His conversation with Nature Biotechnology covers rebuilding Vertex toward cystic fibrosis, competing for talent in the innovation economy and dropping out of high school to enter college early.
      • December 2017: First Rounders:

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        Susan Windham-Bannister is president and CEO of Biomedical Growth Strategies and was the founding president and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC). Her conversation with Nature Biotechnology covers her childhood in segregated St. Louis, her work at MLSC helping grow the life sciences sector in Massachusetts through Governor Deval Patrick's $1-billion initiative, and race relations in Boston and the United States.
      • October 2017: First Rounders:

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        Stelios Papadopoulos has been a biotech analyst, investment banker, and company founder. He's the current chairman of the board at Biogen. His conversation with Nature Biotechnology touches on his reasons for leaving Greece to come to the United States, how he made his mark in the nascent biotech analyst field, and his participation in late '60s radicalism.
      • August 2017: First Rounders:

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        Greg Winter is the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and a serial entrepreneur, who co-founded Cambridge Antibody Technology. Much of his career was spent at the Medical Research Council, and his research led to humanized monoclonal antibodies. His conversation with Nature Biotechnology covers growing up in west Africa, how suffering an attack in the street led to a breakthrough in the lab, and the state of UK biotech.
      • June 2017: First Rounders:

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        Jan is the co-founder, CEO and chairman of the Vilcek Foundation, and also a long-time researcher and professor at New York University's School of Medicine. His conversation with Nature Biotechnology covers his harrowing childhood in Czechoslovakia during the rise of Nazi Germany and World War II, his escape from communist Czechoslovakia through defection, and his role in the discovery of the blockbuster drug Remicade.
      • May 2017: First Rounders:

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        Rachel Haurwitz is co-founder, president and CEO of Caribou Biosciences. In her discussion with Nature Biotechnology, she explains what drew her into the sciences, how her father's journalism career brought their family to Austin, Texas, and how she found herself at the cutting edge of CRISPR technology.
      • February 2017: First Rounders:

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        Stephen Quake is a professor in the department of bioengineering at Stanford University and a serial founder of biotech companies. His talk with Nature Biotechnology covers launching Fluidigm, being chosen as copresident of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, and what it was like to be one of the first people to have their genome sequenced.
      • December 2016: First Rounders:

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        Jeremy Levin is chairman and CEO of Ovid Therapeutics, formerly president and CEO of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, and former member of the executive committee at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he led that company's 'string of pearls' strategy. His conversation with Nature Biotechnology covers shifting his mindset from treating patients to business development, his youth in South Africa, and how his past influences his view of the 2016 US presidential election results.
      • November 2016: First Rounders:

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        Anu Acharya is founder and CEO of Mapmygenome, a co-founder of Ocimum Biosolutions and a leading light for life science entrepreneurship in India. Her discussion with Nature Biotechnology covers the importance of mentorship, running a consumer genomics company, and grieving the death of a parent.
      • September 2016: First Rounders:

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        Nancy J Kelley is the founder and chief executive of Nancy J Kelley + Associates, a consultancy creating and developing projects and institutions for science and medicine. She also is the founding executive director of the New York Genome Center. Her conversation with Nature Biotechnology touches on establishing the East River Science Park, excelling at Yale as a young mother of three and why one must take risks in life.
      • July 2016: First Rounders:

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        David Baltimore is president emeritus of the California Institute of Technology, where he runs his lab. He is also a Nobel Prize winner, for work he conducted while at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the reverse transcriptase enzyme. His First Rounders conversation touches on his parents moving him from New York City to Great Neck, Long Island, as a child; his initial interest in animal virology; and getting that Nobel call from Sweden.
      • May 2016: First Rounders:

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        Tom Maniatis is a founder of Kallyope, and head of the Maniatis lab at Columbia University. Among other things, he's founded several biotechs and authored a manual nicknamed “the bible of cloning.” His conversation with Nature Biotechnology covers being the first in his family to go to college, the moratorium on recombinant DNA research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and his long relationship with Jim Watson at Cold Spring Harbor.
      • March 2016: First Rounders:

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        Daniel Cohen is chairman and CEO of Pharnext. He was also co-founder of CEPH, Genethon and Millennium, and an early leader in the genomics field. His talk with Nature Biotechnology covers the industrialization of genomic sequencing, his part in founding Millennium and why the conductor has the most difficult job in an orchestra.
      • December 2015: First Rounders:

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        James Wilson is the director of the Gene Therapy Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a founder and chief scientific advisor at Regenx Bio, as well as founder and chairman of scientific advisory council at Dimension Therapeutics. Wilson's conversation covers his love of motocross racing, the triumphs and tribulation of gene therapy (including the Jesse Gelsinger tragedy), and the future of drug pricing.
      • October 2015: First Rounders:

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        Bill Rutter is founder, chairman and CEO of Synergenics, which manages a consortium of biotech companies. He was also a founder of Chiron and is credited with bringing the University of California at San Francisco to its prominent position in life sciences research. His discussion with Nature Biotechnology covers building out the labs at UCSF, sequencing the hepatitis C virus and his short stint in the Navy.
      • August 2015: First Rounders:

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        Stan Crooke is the founder, chairman and CEO of Isis Pharmaceuticals. Nature Biotechnology spoke with Crooke about his troubled youth, the crests and valleys of antisense, and the skills needed to be a good leader.
      • July 2015: First Rounders:

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        Rachel King is president and CEO of GlycoMimetics and former chairwoman of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization. Talking with Nature Biotechnology, King discusses gene therapy, how a CEO handles layoffs and growing up with chickens.
      • May 2015: First Rounders:

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        Colin Goddard is former CEO of OSI Pharmaceuticals, and current chairman and CEO of Coferon. His conversation with Nature Biotechnology details the history behind OSI's blockbuster drug Tarceva (erlotinib), the benefits of having a British accent in the United States and how to survive a hostile takeover.
      • March 2015: First Rounders:

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        Kari Stefansson's conversation with Nature Biotechnology covers the founding of deCODE, his love for literature (and his favorite poet), plus his encounter with the tortured chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer.
      • January 2015: First Rounders:

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        Carl Feldbaum was the founding president of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), and he is the current chairman of the Life Sciences Foundation. His podcast conversation with Nature Biotechnology touches on his assistance in prosecuting Watergate, his visit to Saddam Hussein's palace and how he built BIO from the ground up.
      • December 2014: First Rounders:

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        Daphne Zohar is the founder, CEO and managing partner at PureTech, a venture creation company with a new approach to building biotechs, and she sits on the board of several life science firms. Her podcast conversation with Nature Biotechnology covers starting her first company (in high school), the usefulness of Bioentrepreneur courses, and women in venture capital. (Updated February 6, 2015)
      • September 2014: First Rounders:

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        Mary Tanner details the Amgen-Immunex buyout, defines 'wildcatting' and suggests the years in which children most need a parent around the house.
      • August 2014: Focus issue podcast:

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        Anthony Davies discusses the past, present and future of stem cell therapies.
      • July 2014: First Rounders:

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        Julian Davies takes us through his long research career in Madison, Wisconsin; Paris and Geneva. He also discusses wrecking his motorcycle and how he met his wife.
      • May 2014: First Rounders:

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        Leroy Hood talks through the founding of Applied Biosystems, the beginnings of the Human Genome Project and what drew him to mountain climbing.
      • March 2014: First Rounders:

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        Nature Biotechnology talked to West about his initial love for physics, scoring the first funding for Geron and the future of regenerative medicine.
      • December 2013: First Rounders:

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        Nature Biotechnology spoke to Harvey Berger about developing Iclusig, the difference between managing a patient's health and running a company, and how a public entity deals with bad news.
      • October 2013: First Rounders:

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        George Yancopoulos talks about the scientific foundation at Regeneron, upholding the family name and giving back through teaching.
      • September 2013: First Rounders:

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        Una Ryan discusses the biotech East Coast vs. West; life in Oxford, UK; and her initial foray into industry via a job at Monsanto.
      • June 2013: First Rounders:

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        William A. Haseltine talks about his time at HGS, the future of genomics in drug discovery and how innovation might be funded going forward.
      • March 2013: First Rounders:

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        Henri Termeer discusses his path to Genzyme, the approval of Ceredase and the drawn-out negotiations with eventual acquirer Sanofi.
      • February 2011:

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        A roundtable discussion examining venture capital funding levels for innovative science in biotech.

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