The Biotech Startups Podcast

A podcast for scientist-entrepreneurs. Brought to you by Excedr.

Each episode, leaders in science join us to provide valuable insights into the world of biotechnology. Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts and never miss an episode.

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We publish new episodes weekly featuring a wide range of guests, including first-time founders, experienced scientists, long-time company operators, serial entrepreneurs, and biotech investors.

Hear about the challenges and triumphs of running a biotech startup in each episode, and gain actionable insight into navigating the life sciences industry as we explore the business of science, from pre-seed to IPO.

Latest Episodes

Terry Lo | Vizgen | Part 3

Transitioning to Vizgen | What is Spatial Genomics | Importance of Genetic Mapping | How to Grow Your Company During Turbulent Times

Terry Lo - Vizgen - Part 2

Terry’s Move from Big Pharma to Diagnostics | Introduction to Spatial Biology | Navigating Regulatory & Reimbursement Challenges in Diagnostics | Balancing Multiple Roles in M&A Negotiations

Terry Lo - Vizgen - Part 1

Leveraging a Passion for Science to Succeed in Finance | Sales Excellence as an Introvert Through Competition | Financial Modeling & Creating Proper Deal Structure | How Not To Be A Jack of All Trades

Mike Stadnisky - Thielsen Capital - Part 3

Don’t Fake it ‘Til you Make It | Cleaning Your Corporate “Underwear” | Thielsen’s Investment Philosophy | The Critical Importance of Alignment

Mike Stadnisky - Thielsen Capital - Part 2

Transitioning from Lab Bench to Industry | Breaking Into Business Development | Finding Decision Makers & Champions | Navigating Partnerships & Strategy

Mike Stadnisky - Thielsen Capital - Part 1

Familial Exposure to Business & Science at a Young Age | The Importance of “Care Before You Share” | Actively Managing Your Time | A PhD is a 10,000 Hour Degree

Martin Brenner - iBio - Part 3

Transitioning from Big Pharma to Biotech Startups | Lessons in Flexibility, Resilience, & Adaptability | Challenging Long-Held Beliefs in Drug Discovery | The Evolution & Future of iBio

Martin Brenner - iBio - Part 2

Autonomy at Eli Lilly vs. Structure at Pfizer | Transitioning from AstraZeneca to Merck | Joys & Challenges When Relocating for Work | A Biotech Vision Leading to an Exit From Big Pharma

Martin Brenner - iBio - Part 1

How Childhood Influences Shape Career Paths | Unexpected Crossovers Between Engineering & Veterinary Clinics | Eli Lilly Nurturing His Professional Development | Communication Can Make or Break Leadership

Jeff Kim - Slingshot Biosciences - Part 3

Bucking the Status Quo | Raising Capital During Peak COVID | How To Find & Retain Great Talent | Building Partnerships with Distributors

Jeff Kim - Slingshot Biosciences - Part 2

Working Toward One Goal In Industry | How Great Loss Prompted Professional Growth | Transitioning From a Basement Lab to a Thriving Company | A 6-Month Startup Idea Exceeding 12 Years of Operation

Jeff Kim - Slingshot Biosciences - Part 1

Parental Freedom, Curiosity, & Self-Teaching | Music Accentuating a Passion for Science | The Benefits of Graduate Responsibilities as an Undergrad | Finding Fit & Balancing Research & the Arts

About The Biotech Startups Podcast

The life sciences industry has evolved significantly since its inception, shaping different ways people conduct, fund, and commercialize promising science and technology.

The many iterations of success and failure have produced countless journeys from discovery to IPO, supporting the idiosyncratic nature of building a biotech around something innovative.

More and more researchers make the change from academia to industry, fostering a new generation of entrepreneurs interested in bringing innovative products to market. We created the Biotech Startups podcast to support this new generation of founders.

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Jon Chee
CEO & Podcast Host
Jon graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Molecular Toxicology and founded Excedr in the labs on campus. As host, he takes a closer look at the notoriously demanding life science industry.
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