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Back Bay Life Science Report

Jonathan P. Gertler and Peter Bak

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Back Bay Life Science Advisors brings you expert insights from our advisors and investment bankers in the world of BioPharma & MedTech. On this podcast, you’ll hear from our experts in life science development, commercialization, and investment banking, scientific investigators, biotech and medtech executives, physicians, and strategists who excel at guiding global life sciences companies and their investors through complex decisions. Join us for insights generated from in-depth scientific, ...
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Khwezi Science Report

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The Khwezi Science Report is a dive into the warm waters of science where information is made interesting and understandable and is placed in the context of our daily lives. From archaeology to tech, astronomy to zoology, you'll find it all here with host Tanya Farber, a senior reporter at the Sunday Times. She loves how science connects with other ways of understanding the world around us from all sorts of disciplines. Each episode takes the listener on a journey through all things weird an ...
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Get your weekly burst of scientific illumination from The Debrief’s network of rebellious journalists as they warp through the latest breaking science and tech news from the world of tomorrow. Every Friday, join hosts Stephanie Gerk, Kenna Hughes-Castleberry, and MJ Banias as they roundup the latest science and tech stories from the pages of The Debrief. From far-future technology to space travel to strange physics that alters our perception of the universe, The Debrief Weekly Report is mean ...
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What is the probability of having a future child with autism if you already have one or more? Families want to know. It helps preparation, planning, will hopefully improve early screening and supports. The Baby Siblings Research Consortium analyzed a bigger group of siblings compared to their 2011 numbers and found the recurrence pretty stable – 1 …
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Join Stephanie and Kenna for the last episode of the season as they discuss a new nano robot developed in Sweden that can kill cancer cells in mice. They also open a channel to the ISS and discuss how NASA is using laser relays to send photos and messages to astronauts. Lastly, they take a trip and talk about how a new study says that micro-doses o…
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On this week’s podcast, Mia Kotivkoski, founder of her own 5013c and recent graduate of Stony Brook University, reviews why understanding cultural and contextual factors influence not just an autism diagnosis but general health and outcomes of a broad group of people. They include immigrants, racial and ethnic differences, and socio-economic factor…
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This week, more on genetics as an influence to an autism diagnosis with a twist: can genetics lead to a specific treatment for core symptoms – across the board? How do you measure such broad symptoms? Our Rett Syndrome family friends and colleagues developed a novel outcome measure to capture what was most important to them, and the FDA approved it…
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In this week’s episode of the DWR, Stephanie and Kenna discuss NASA's plan to build an artificial star for astronomical measurements. They also explore a lost Greek temple mentioned in ancient graffiti, and a new black hole discovery using magnetic winds to feed. Every Tuesday, join hosts Stephanie Gerk, Kenna Hughes-Castleberry, and MJ Banias as t…
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Very rarely are scientists able to look at single genes within the brains of people across neuropsychiatric disorders and understand how the genes in each of these cells influence expression of proteins and interactions of different cells with each other. Recently, a collaboration called PsychENCODE released a series of papers that investigated wha…
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In this week’s episode of the DWR, Stephanie and Kenna go green as they discuss a novel breakthrough in the successful generation of electricity by algae. The dynamic duo also discuss the Einstein Telescope and the discovery of the lost ship, The Quest, off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. Every Tuesday, join hosts Stephanie Gerk, Kenna Hughes-Ca…
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In recognition of Father’s Day on the 16th, today’s podcast includes the latest research on fathers. Fathers may often be the “secondary caregiver” but should hardly be dismissed as inconsequential. Father’s sensitivity and insightfulness plays an important part in development, psychiatric diagnoses (including autism) change the the chance of havin…
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In this week’s episode of the DWR, MJ and Kenna discuss the successful 3D printing of metal material on the ISS. The dynamic duo also dives into the first-ever Master’s Degree in Psychedelics offered at the University of Ottawa and a new metal coating that changes regular glasses into night-vision goggles. Every Tuesday, join hosts Stephanie Gerk, …
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General psychiatrists are trained deal with a range of psychiatric issues in a variety of areas, but very few have experience helping families of children and adults with autism. This is training that is desperately needed, as, like other professions, there are not enough psychiatrists to help families and waitlists are staggering. Dr. Arthur Westo…
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Scientists have spent a lot of time trying to understand the biology of autism, unfortunately in the past, scientific studies had everyone with autism lumped together in one group and there are so many differences between people with a diagnosis that any features of the diagnosis itself were hard to detect. In the past, researchers grouped those wh…
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In the fourth bonus episode of the DWR, Steph and Kenna discuss the Star Wars Expanded Universe and its impact on fan experiences. The dynamic duo also dives into how the expanded universe has helped bring in more fans, creating a multigenerational experience. Every Tuesday, join hosts Stephanie Gerk, Kenna Hughes-Castleberry, and MJ Banias as they…
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In this DNB//Back Bay Healthcare Capital Markets podcast episode, learn about the key considerations, mechanics and timelines of going public on a US exchange. Topics in this podcast include: An overview of the decision-making process through execution for US-based and ex-US healthcare companies thinking about listing in the US Core considerations …
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On this week's episode of The Debrief Weekly Report, Kenna and Steph seek out the lost settlers of the Roanoke colony, and new research that may have solved the riddle of what happened there all those years ago. Things also get hot when they discuss a new solar power system that can generate tons of heat, and how false memories are becoming much mo…
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While NDBIs are generally considered beneficial, they still face controversies – do they actually work and does that translate to an improved quality of life for the family? This week’s #ASF podcast interviews Molly Reilly and Jinwei Song of @UConn to dive into these issues, as well as the role of the caregiver in the intervention and how their inf…
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On this week's episode of The Debrief Weekly Report, Kenna and Steph dive head first into a lava tube in Saudi Arabia that once served as a human dwelling. They also discuss how a new swarming technology can be used to clean up microplastics and other pollutants in our oceans, and recap on the wild solar storm that hit Earth over the weekend. Every…
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A legend in the autism community passed away on Friday. Today’s podcast focuses on the many talents of Dr. James (Jim) Simons, one of the founders of the Simons Foundation that has spent more than $500 million on autism research. We explain how he made his fortune, how he spent it, the importance of the Simons Foundation to the autism community, an…
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On today’s episode, Kenna and Stephanie stare into the eyes of an ancient Neanderthal, explore who she was, and how scientists were able to reconstruct her face. They also dive deep into underground Chinese forests inside giant sinkholes, and the mysterious Roman dodecahedrons. Every Tuesday, join hosts Stephanie Gerk, Kenna Hughes-Castleberry, and…
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As health care and outcomes for very premature infants has improved, scientists are able to track their longer term behavioral development, and that includes risk of developmental disorders like autism. On this week’s #ASFpodcast, Dr. Jessica Bradshaw discusses her recent research examining biological predictors like body temperature and heart rate…
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On today’s episode, Kenna and Stephanie open a channel to the Voyager 1 probe, and discuss how some clever NASA engineers have reestablished a link with the decades old system. They also chat about some fancy house plants that can clean your home's air, and the "spiders" that haunt Mars. Every Tuesday, join hosts Stephanie Gerk, Kenna Hughes-Castle…
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Guests: Pete Bak and Christian Thienel Length: 27 minutes In this episode of The Life Science Report, Dr. Pete Bak and Back Bay Director, Christian Thienel catch up on the area attracting the most industry interest over the past couple of years: the anti-obesity space. From big players looking to capitalize on the renewed interest in the obesity sp…
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In honor of the last week of Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month, we review two new scientific findings that call for more awareness and action, and less acceptance of the status quo. First: sex differences in autism are not well understood, and as it turns out, the influences on a diagnosis are different. Males have a higher … Continue reading "Rese…
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In the third bonus episode of the DWR, Steph and Kenna discuss the themes of environmentalism within science fiction. The dynamic duo also dives into how science fiction has helped and hindered environmental movements and how sci fi has inspired several different science fiction subgenres, such as cli-fi and solarpunk, and where things stand today.…
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On today’s episode, MJ Banias sits down with guest co-host, author, and historian Amy Shira Teitel from the History Channel's "The Proof is Out There: Military Mysteries." The two discuss their time on the show, and some bizarre moments from the halls of military history. They talk hypersonic missiles, lost cosmonauts, and the secret Soviet base, C…
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Thank you to Dennis Wall from Stanford University for explaining what Machine Learning is, how it’s related to Artificial Intelligence (today’s four buzz words) and how these new technologies are helping families get a diagnosis. He talks about the overall goals of these techniques, highlighting Cognoa’s CanvasDx to provide remote diagnoses to pote…
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On today’s episode, Kenna and Stephanie ride the waves into "blue energy." They also hunt for clues to find the vanishing meteorites in the Antarctic, and work up the strength to take on a novel robot that utilizes biological muscle tissue. Every Tuesday, join hosts Stephanie Gerk, Kenna Hughes-Castleberry, and MJ Banias as they roundup the latest …
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Welcome to another episode with the DNB//Back Bay Partnership for Healthcare. In this episode Jonathan Gertler, Back Bay CEO and Managing Partner, is once again joined by James Cirenza, Head of Fixed Income and Equities at DNB, Kristoffer Braaten, Director of US Equity Capital Markets at DNB, and Vasilios Kofitsas, Managing Director of Investment B…
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Autistic individuals are turning to self-diagnosis to explain their autism features, sometimes based on better awareness, sometimes based on what they see on social media. But how accurate are these autism diagnostic tools? They range anywhere from tik-tok videos all the way to a tool called the RAADS-R which has been described as a valid … Continu…
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Did you miss the ASF 2024 Day of Learning and can’t wait for the videos to be posted? This is a 17 minute brief summary of what was discussed, but unfortunately, with no visuals. Don’t just listen to the podcast, watch the videos when they are posted. Also included in this podcast is a shoutout … Continue reading "The 2024 Day Of Learning Quickie"…
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On today’s episode, Kenna and Stephanie explore the power of the mind, and the recent news that a man 'tweeted' using Neuralink technology. They then stare too long at the sun and talk about the upcoming April solar eclipse, and how some computer science nerds are developing a 'natural' weightloss drug. Every Tuesday, join hosts Stephanie Gerk, Ken…
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This podcast has not covered transition from adolescence to adulthood in the past, probably because there has not been a lot of research in this area. Luckily, recently there has been a surge of investigations and scientifically – supported interventions and recommendations for individuals who are transitioning to adulthood. This podcast reviews th…
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On today’s episode, Kenna and Stephanie get all Shakespearean discussing a mysterious document written by William Shakespeare's sister. Speaking of stars hiding their fires, a novel discovery in outerspace has a young star finally being born, and a new test that seems to uncover secret nuclear tests being performed underground. Every Tuesday, join …
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This week’s podcast will be an interview with Matt Cicoria from the podcast Behavioral Observations. We discuss the meaning of the words “Profound Autism” and why a blanket term of “autism spectrum disorder” may not be helping anyone on the spectrum. If you are in the Boston area on April 5th, please attend the Profound … Continue reading "“What is…
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In the second bonus episode of the DWR, Steph and Kenna highlight the importance of Women’s History Month by discussing various women within science fiction. The dynamic duo also dives into where science fiction got women wrong and how the genre is shifting to highlight more strong female leads. Every Tuesday, join hosts Stephanie Gerk, Kenna Hughe…
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On today’s episode, Kenna and Stephanie talk about new LSD policies that may alter how we deal with mental health in the future. The duo also dive into a new form of space sickness and the discovery of a 2,000 year old relic in the shape of hand. Every Tuesday, join hosts Stephanie Gerk, Kenna Hughes-Castleberry, and MJ Banias as they roundup the l…
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Guests: Pete Bak and Christian Thienel Length: 37 minutes With the advent of COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021, we saw a tremendous amount of interest in not only COVID vaccines, but other companies riding the tailwind and developing vaccine therapies that span across viral illness, maternal infections and bacterial infections. In this episode resident imm…
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Last week in North Carolina, the Meeting on Language in Autism was held, with 3 days of amazing presentations and lots of productive discussions about how language and speech develops and how people with autism communicate. This podcast describes the origins of language development and how intervention during toddlerhood can promote lifelong langua…
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On today’s episode, Kenna and Stephanie talk about the latest report from the government concerning the UFO/UAP phenomenon. Next, they dive into a new glowing plant product and the weird mating habits of the cuttlefish. Every Tuesday, join hosts Stephanie Gerk, Kenna Hughes-Castleberry, and MJ Banias as they roundup the latest science and tech stor…
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This podcast provides updates on studies that help with prediction of an autism diagnosis – which is important for preparing for the future and for intervening early. First, a study that uses environmental factors to create an equation for the probability of a diagnosis following a combination of of non-genetic factors only which does a … Continue …
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On today’s episode, MJ and Stephanie dive into mental health studies and the future of work. The pair also get into a satellite swarm that astronomers want to build to look for life, and the discovery of a giant creature in the Amazon. Every Tuesday, join hosts Stephanie Gerk, Kenna Hughes-Castleberry, and MJ Banias as they roundup the latest scien…
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On today’s episode, Kenna and Stephanie unleash the bacterial beast as ancient and dormant bacteria are waking up. They also dive into DARPA's new marine project, and take a bite out of the snake venom situation. Every Tuesday, join hosts Stephanie Gerk, Kenna Hughes-Castleberry, and MJ Banias as they roundup the latest science and tech stories fro…
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On this week’s podcast we interview Dr. Susan Daniels who is the National Autism Coordinator for the Department of Health and Human Services. This position is created by the Autism CARES Act (which is under reauthorization) and represents one of the only disorders that provides coordinating functioning across funding agencies. We talk about what he…
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In the first bonus episode of the DWR, Steph and Kenna discuss the 50th anniversary of Dungeons and Dragons, including how it almost disappeared entirely and its current resurgence. The dynamic duo also dives into how the Satanic Panic of the 1980s almost killed off DND and how Netflix’s Stranger Things has been increasing its player database. Ever…
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A Podcast Discussion on the Trends and Investment Activity in Radiopharmaceuticals and Psychedelics Guests: Pete Bak and Christian Thienel Length: 25 minutes Here at Back Bay we’ve seen a number of notable trends in the radiopharmaceutical and psychedelic spaces playing out over the past couple of years. Increasingly, investors have been asking our…
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On today’s episode, Kenna and Stephanie explore Saturn's "Death Star" moon and the recent findings that could hint at what lurks beneath its dark surface. The dynamic duo also dive into the deep sleep science of hibernation and why blueberries are blue. How did we not know this? Turns out, we just figured it out. Every Tuesday, join hosts Stephanie…
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In the last version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the different subtypes of autism were folded into one label: autism spectrum disorder. A similar revision is being made around the International Classification of Diseases, the system the WHO uses across the world to describe autism and provide appropriate reimbursements for services and…
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On today’s episode, Kenna and Stephanie get into some cool spacesuits because the European Space Agency and a video game company are teaming up to make some sweet spacesuit designs. Also, a new sound sensor that may just be a battery-killer, and AI-image generation tool Midjourney is accidentally creating images with nudity. Every Tuesday, join hos…
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Are you the parent of an infant? Are you wondering how you can get assessments on your child without having to struggle with your pediatrician’s time at a well- baby checkup? Are you interested in how your baby is thinking or communicating but your doctor says “it’s too early to tell?” A new study based … Continue reading "Learn about your infant’s…
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On today’s episode, Kenna and Stephanie descend into the darkest depths of the underworld, also known as South Dakota, and do combat with the "Hell Chicken," a new ancient creature that roamed during the Cretaceous. We also dive into how engineers built the tiniest robots ever, and how the Hubble Space Telescope recently spotted a water-laden exopl…
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