Gregory Zuckerman on the Crazy Race to Create the COVID Vaccine

EconTalk | 10 January 2022 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Gregory Zuckerman about his book A Shot to Save the World: The Inside Story of the Life-or-Death Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine. Describes how a couple of companies that had never produced a successful vaccine developed a covid vaccine so quickly. Captures the daring, deranged, and damaged visionaries who drove one of science and medicine’s great success stories.

Moderna: The Software of Life

Business Breakdowns | 16 June 2021 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview breaking down Moderna and its innovative RNA platform that was one of the first to develop a covid-19 vaccine. Starts with a primer on the biotech industry, genetic modification, and how Moderna’s platform represents a breakthrough in the industry. Then discusses what differentiates Moderna’s business model, how Moderna’s science could lead to faster and higher efficacy drug development, with key takeaways for investors and operators.

Noubar Afeyan on the Permission to Leap

Conversations with Tyler | 13 January 2021 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Noubar Afeyan, co-founder of Moderna and CEO of Flagship Pioneering. Discusses teaching entrepreneurship; predictions on the future of gene editing and CRISPR technology; why the pharmaceutical field can’t be winner takes all; why “basic research” is a poor term; the secret to Boston’s culture of innovation; the potential of plant biotech; the role of systematic processes that include embracing unreasonable propositions and even unreasonable people in exceptional achievement; why Montreal is (still) a special place to him; how his classical pianist mother influenced his musical tastes; his discussion-based approach to ethical dilemmas; how thinking future-backward shapes his approach to business and philanthropy; the blessing and curse of Lebanese optimism; the importance of creating a culture where people can say things that are wrong; what we can all learn by being an American by choice, and more.