Beginner's Mind

Beginner's Mind

Beginner's Mind with Christian Soschner is a show about breakthrough innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, thought leaders, and the stories behind their success. Christian Soschner invites the listeners to learn with him from the best and brightest minds behind disruptive businesses, innovative investments, prolific social movements, and technologies powering game-changing innovation. In intimate conversations, the host deconstructs the stories to help turn their wisdom into practical tactics you can use to improve your life, grow your business and help your community. Join the LSG2G Community:


October 4, 2022 78 min

What are the opportunities for Biotechs in the Chinese Market? Get answers to this question in this podcast with the BFC Group.

⭐We are talking about
The BFC Group
The Capital Market Landscape in China
Deal Structuring in China
Clinical Strategies for China
Why Affordability and Accessibility of new drugs matter in China

⭐About BFC Group:
BFC Group is a China-based investment banking firm with a focus on healthcare M&A, licensing, and ...

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Fundraising in Israel and the United States – In this episode, I have a conversation with Tuvik Beker, CEO of Pangea Biomed, who has started, developed, and exited companies in the United States and Israel. Now he is developing Pangea Biomed to start the next revolution in precision oncology.

Tuvik Beker is a seasoned entrepreneur, an experienced executive, and a strong technical leader who spent the last twenty years building, scal...

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In this episode, Tobias Silberzahn, McKinsey talks about biohacking 101 – habits that make a difference, digital health eco-system, and much more…

Tobias Silberzahn is a trained biochemist and immunologist and works as a Partner in McKinsey's Berlin office, where he is a member of the Healthcare and Innovation Practice. His work focuses on healthcare innovation, health tech business-building, and digital transformation.

Tobias le...

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What are decentralized clinical trials? 

What are the benefits of decentralized clinical trials?

Why are decentralized clinical trials the way of the future?

Emily Mitchell,  Executive Director of ICON’s DCT team, discusses the benefits of these trials and what needs to be considered to ensure these benefits are realized. 

Emily Mitchell has over 15 years of experience working in the CRO industry in Data Management, Project Management...

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What is the best approach to starting a novel deep tech life science company?

In this episode, I am talking with Samatha Dale Strasser, CSO, and co-founder of Pepper Bio, about her academic career at the University of Cambridge and MIT and the process of starting Pepper Bio.

Backed by VC firm NFX, Pepper Bio uses proprietary lab methods and computational abilities to unlock a new level of sophistication in drug discovery.
Called the ...

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What is the best methodology for presenting your Company to investors, industry partners, and public funding organizations?

Here is the answer:

In this episode, Donna LaVoie presents her famous “15-slides-methodology” in great detail.

Donna is a proven strategic communications leader in health and science innovation. She is a trusted advisor on strategic communications issues, especially around complex problems affecting multiple sta...

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Happy Birthday, Inits. Today 20 years ago – July 27, 2002 – Inits – Vienna’s most important high Tech Incubation Program was created.

In this episode, I am talking with Irene Fialka, CEO of Inits. In 20 years, Inits has supported over 300 high-tech #startups with the necessary tools for a successful and sustainable market entry.

Dr. Irene Fialka is CEO of INiTS, Vienna’s University Business Incubator (UBI), supporting entrepreneurs w...

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What is happening in all things digital assets, cryptocurrencies, NFTs, and alike? The market crashed. Is it all over now? 

Investing with experts is always the best idea when investing in new areas. This episode was recorded in February 2022, and I am happy that I had the chance to speak with two experts in digital assets from Austria:

Astrid Woollard and Christian Niedermüller, SMAPE Capital

Astrid is the CIO of Smape Capital. Their...

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It is the 80th episode on my podcast channel. In 2020 I wanted to try how podcasts can bring value to my life science business community.

One of the first speakers on the podcast was Alexander Belcredi, Phagomed. He and Co-CEO Lorenzo Corsini started their Company in 2015 and developed Alternatives to Antibiotics.; which was also the title of Episode #9 - Alternatives to Antibiotics.

In April 2020, Alexander and Lorenzo were fundrai...

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These days many sources are highlighting the shocking scale of the global mental health crisis and how this affects approx—a staggering one billion people worldwide - over one-seventh of the global population.

“Unfortunately, as harrowing and monstrous this number is”, the investor Christian Angermayer wrote in a blog post, “it is my belief this is a gross UNDER-estimate.”

Ultimately, the number of people needing mental health suppor...

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Warren Buffett recommends buying companies with a great moat. Something that makes the company unique and protects the business from the competition. Patents are the best moats. Do you want to know why? Then listen to Gerda Redl.

Who is the speaker?

Dr. Gerda Redl is a patent attorney with more than 20 years of experience in the life sciences industry.

Her technical expertise is in biotechnology, biochemistry, and chemistry, including...

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What is going on in the world of digital assets in 2022? In May 2010, 10,000 BTC bought 2 Pizza.

Last year in November, the same amount had a value of 600 Million dollars. A lot has evolved since 2010 in the digital asset ecosystem.

That's why I asked Alexander Valtingojer, CEO of Coinpanion, to discuss the latest development in the crypto market. This episode was recorded in January 2022.

 What are the topics we discuss in this ...

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How Did the Conference Industry Change in the last two years? 

Philadelphia in 2019 was the last Bio I attended in person. In March 2020, the world shut down to respond to the novel viral threat. Since then, all conferences have been digital. 

 What effect did this have on the conference Industry – especially the Bio US? Listen to Rich Masters, Chief Public Affairs and Marketing Officer of Bio.

As EVP for Public Affairs, Rich Masters ...

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Are you interested to expand your business into Asian Markets? Then this episode might be for you.

 As Program Manager of the Global Incubator Network Austria (GIN), Lisa Stöger has successfully connected the Austrian startup ecosystem with the world's most innovative startup hubs for the last 4 years. With a focus on Asian markets, she supports Austrian startups in their internationalization and market entry and introduces them...

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Do you want to know why networking and leadership are so important to be successful in business? And why everybody, including employees, needs to learn those skills? 

Then this episode is for you.

 Mark is the author of The Career Toolkit, Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You. Educated at MIT, Mark has spent his career launching and fixing new ventures at startups, Fortune 500s, and academia. He’s developed new softwar...

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Do you want to know how to value a company and what Julia Roberts has to do with it? Then listen to Bharat Kanodia in this episode number 73.

Valuation is one of the most difficult exercises in the startup world. How can you put a price tag on a company that doesn’t exist yet? Get help from an expert:

 Bharat Kanodia has valued over 2000 businesses and signed off on assets worth $2.6 trillion in value. He has appraised unique assets ...

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Do you want to reach out to Japanese companies and universities? Then you should know what makes Japan special and different to have a smooth business experience.

Different Cultures – Different Rules and Different ways to success

Japan is the second biggest market for pharmaceuticals globally. The area is not only interesting for its sales potential; it is also a major R&D hub in Asia.

One of the best experts in Japanese business ...

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Did you know that almost 90% of all product ideas fail in clinical trials? 

Surprising to me was that lack of efficacy doesn't seem to be the main reason why clinical trials fail in the first place. Other factors are at play, and most of them are manageable risks when the right team is at work.

In this episode:

  • Strategic considerations for setting up a clinical trial
  • Inhouse vs Outsourced Clinical Study Management
  • Why  clinical tri...
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    Big corporations strive to bring new solutions to their customers to help them solve their most pressing problems.

    To do so the corporation needs to be innovative. That's why companies like Apple, Google, Pfizer, and similar players want to cooperate with start-ups and scale-ups globally.

    Such cooperations strive to collaborate with top startups, invest in them, and sometimes acquire them to have access to novel ideas. By innovat...

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    Lately, investors and researchers have published more and more information on longevity research and development.

    Investors like Sergey Young or  Christian Angermayer started to bet significant capital on this topic.

    What is going on in this field on the research side? What are potential applications to increase the Lifespan? And when will those innovations hit the market?

    In this episode, I had a conversation in December 2021  with...

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