Top 5 Podcasts for Life Science Execs

Executive listening to podcast

Executive listening to podcastLea WolfingerBy Lea Wolfinger, Vice President, Ashton Tweed

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Have some free time while traveling, commuting, or working out? Put it to good use! Podcasts are a great way to make the most of your down time by getting your gears turning and keeping you up-to-date with the latest industry news and hot topics. Personally, I spend a lot of time each day looking at screens, whether it’s my computer, smartphone, or TV. Sometimes it’s nice to just plug-in and give my eyes a rest.


Here are 5 top-recommended podcasts to listen to for life science executives and entrepreneurs. What are your favorites? Let us know!


1. StartUp – StartUp is a podcast about what it’s really like to get a business off the ground. It’s co-hosted by Alex Blumberg, CEO and co-founder of Gimlet Media and co-founder of Planet Money, and Lisa Chow, previously a senior editor at FiveThirtyEight and reporter at NPR.


2. a16z – The a16z Podcast discusses tech and culture trends, news, and the future — especially as ‘software eats the world.’ It features industry experts, business leaders, and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world. This podcast is produced by Andreessen Horowitz (aka “a16z”), a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm.


3. Tech Tonics – Tech Tonics is focused on the people and passion at the intersection of technology and health. Hosted by Lisa Suennen and David Shaywitz, co-authors of Tech Tonics: Can Passionate Entrepreneurs Heal Healthcare With Technology?, the show draws on their experience in business, medicine, and health-IT.


4. Human Proof of Concept – Hosted by Harvard PhD turned venture capitalist Janelle R. Anderson, this podcast elucidates the ways in which the relative few bring new medicines, technologies, and hope to the many. It features conversation with today’s business leaders, from VC partners to the biotech C-suite, exploring what they do and how they think.


5. The Bio Report – The Bio Report podcast, hosted by veteran journalist Daniel Levine, focuses on the intersection of biotechnology with business, science, and policy. In addition, Levine hosts another show called RAREcast, which focuses on rare diseases.


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