The Future of Food and Health

The Future of Food and Health

iSelect is not just a venture capital fund, it is a network of innovators, problem solvers and investors thinking differently about big problems in food, health and nutrition. Opportunities in their own right, but together a network that transforms food and health.

Episodes

October 5, 2021 58 min

iSelect Venture Associate Tom Bunn is joined by Dr. Brianna Stubbs of Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Dr. Thomas Perls, Director, New England Centenarian Study and Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and Dr. Christopher Rhodes of Davis, California Startup, Innate Biology.

Research over the past few decades on aging and longevity has come to the surprising revelation that aging is a disease in and of i...

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From fruits and vegetables, to tree nuts and flowers, specialty crops are different from other agricultural products. For one thing they are typically sold at a premium, due to their higher nutritional value and better taste. At the same time, they represent the next stage in development of the agricultural system, bringing these products to a wider range of potential customers and at lower cost.

Listen to the second in our two-part...

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July 22, 2021 58 min

Synthetic DNA is used in many cutting edge technologies from industrial biotech, to medicine, agriculture and beyond. However, synthetic DNA's potential has not been fully realized due to the inefficient, 30+ year old method of chemically synthesizing DNA. The current process is limited in output to relatively short DNA sequences and its purity is often less than ideal. In contrast, iSelect portfolio company, Molecular Asse...

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June 30, 2021 67 min

Specialty crops represent a unique class of crops and derived food products, from fruits and vegetables to tree nuts and flowers. The products produced by this industry make up a significant portion of U.S. agricultural output and represent a diverse and important source of high quality nutrition as well.

Listen to the first in a two-part series examining the nuances of the specialty crop industry. In Part 1, we will focus on the in...

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May 20, 2021 74 min

Value-based care is a healthcare delivery model in which providers are paid based on health outcomes and the quality of care rendered, rather than for specific services. Under this model, the quality of care supersedes the quantity of services provided.

On this episode, we will examine where value-based care has been successful and discuss the challenges and opportunities with its continued adoption. Our panelists will include Blak...

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Healthy soil is at the root of food quality and yield, and soil carbon is a key component of healthy soil. In fact, as the main component of soil organic matter, it is carbon that gives soil its water-retention capacity, its structure and its fertility. Interest in understanding and measuring soil carbon has increased not only as a means of improved agricultural outcomes, but to also potentially store significant quantities of atmo...

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In 2019 over 600,000 people died from cancer in the United States alone.

One of the primary drivers behind these high mortality rates for cancer is late diagnosis. For this reason, we’re seeing increasing demand for noninvasive methods to detect cancer easily and at earlier stages. In this podcast, we explore and analyze different methods for noninvasive cancer detection from the mucus in our lungs to the blood flowing through our ...

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Many of the major medical conditions that we face in our lives share an underlying cause: chronic inflammation.

In fact, it’s the single largest driver of disease and disability. For years, therapies have been aimed at treating the symptoms of chronic inflammation, but existing therapies do not act to prevent disease progression or directly treat the disease pathway without severely impacting the immune system.

There stands a large...

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iSelect hosts a Deep Dive webinar on a novel innovation topic on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 9 a.m. central. Our most recent session focused on early cancer diagnosis using blood-based tools. Testing patients for cancer has typically involved a tissue biopsy — collecting the cells in question for closer examination. However, these tests can be invasive, risky, costly, and painful. Liquid biopsies, on the other h...

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iSelect managing director Mark McCall recently participated in a panel discussion at the Family Office Impact Summit at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Hosted by Gitterman Wealth Management, Family Office Insights and 5th Element Group, the event was a private gathering of 250 Family Office, ESG, Impact, and Climate Change Experts to discuss the relationship between private capital and positive social change. Mark was ...

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iSelect hosts a Deep Dive webinar on a novel innovation topic on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 9 a.m. central. Our most recent session focused on digital product development for food and beverage companies and how, among the world’s largest food companies, more than half of revenue is generated by products that have been introduced in the last five years. Many food producers are now using digital technology to sta...

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On today’s podcast, Cofactor Genomics COO, Dr. David Messina discusses how his company is working to make personalized medicine a reality by focusing on the potential of RNA as a diagnostic tool.

Unlike DNA, which is set in stone at birth, our RNA changes on a minute-by-minute basis and acts as a barometer of our health.

Led by 3 former researchers from The Human Genome Project, Cofactor Genomics is developing a patent-pending RNA...

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Dr. Todd Mockler is one of the world’s leading experts on plant genetics and has dedicated his career to better understanding how the genetic code of different types of plants impacts their behavior and responses. As a member and principal investigator with the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, his research has focused on the development of plant genomic tools, ...

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On today’s podcast we discuss how startup company Better Weekdays is reducing friction in the talent acquisition process. With their interactive platform that provides tools and services, improving the hiring process for students, colleges, and employers.

Carter Williams: This is Carter Williams, CEO of iSelect with Chris Motley.

Chris Motley: Hello. How are you?

CW: Welc...

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There is massive consolidation occurring in the healthcare space right now, and as a result hospital systems are acting almost like private equity groups. They’re sucking up all of these once-independent primary care providers and are distributing all of the administrative functions that these providers manager to shared, centralized care teams in an effort to cut costs, just like any good private equity investor would.

In the case...

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The global population is booming, diets are shifting and urbanization is rising. Never has so much been asked of agriculture to meet the needs of our society. Never have the external risks to agriculture advancement been greater, whether from changing climate, limited natural resources, concerns over chemical inputs, protests over GMO, industry consolidation or reduced choice in the marketplace.

In the face of all these challenges,...

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